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ROMA GRIFFITHS' GILLIS, EWART AND GRIFFITHS ANCESTRY AT TRENTHAM, WARBURTON, ASPENDALE, TULLAMARINE ETC. (VIC, AUST.)

I am not writing this for Roma or her brother, because they probably already know most of the fascinating story. However the story will be of interest to descendants of the families named and former residents of the places named.

I administer a Facebook group related to the history of Tullamarine. Roma, already a member of the Tullamarine Primary School Past Students and Staff group asked to be admitted to my group. In her first post she stated that her family lived at Tullamarine for about thirty years and her father had served in W.W.1.

Her parents were Alfred and Marjorie (Peggy)Griffiths but a trove search for Griffiths, Tullamarine produced no results and my many Broadmeadows, Keilor and Bulla rates transcriptions had to be circular filed when I moved to Rosebud. Luckily some of these rate details had been recorded in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (1989-1998) and TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT* (1998).
* The file was sent to Roma and while she has contributed most of the story, there was something in my book that she lacked, a photo of the former Beech Tree Hotel.
We are so thrilled --- ---- having a Picture of our old Homestead! After we sold both homes & acres, never saw our Home/Hotel again! We could picture everything in our minds, but needed photo

Thank You so much, Appreciated xxx


In 1930, A.Gillis had been assessed on 27 acres in sections 6/7 of the parish of Tullamarine. In 1960, the same land had been acquired for the jetport from Griffiths, actually 26 acres, as shown by a c.1960 map showing acquisitions, supplied to me by the Federal Airports Corporation (or Department of Civil Aviation). This map was not circular-filed and should be at the Hume Global Learning Centre with much of my other material. The land had been purchased from John Pascoe Fawkner in 1851 by John Beech who built the Beech Tree Hotel almost opposite the current northern 20 metres of the Melrose Drive frontage of the Melrose Drive Reserve. Beech's original hotel was destroyed by fire but was soon replaced. The replacement operated until about 1913 when many hotels were being closed by the authorities. The closed hotel's billiard room served as a venue for farewells to the men heading off to W.W.1. It served as the homestead of Alfred Griffiths' land until he built another house next door and leased the former hotel on two and a half acres to Tomic and Barbakiw sometime before Keilor's 1956-7 assessment.

When Roma saw this information, she told me that A.Gillis was one of her ancestors and the Gillis family had been among the pioneers of Trentham. Aaaron Gillis was born at Blue Mountain which was the name given to the Diggings before the name Trentham was first used.



I'd confirmed that Roma's parents had been pioneers of Tullamarine but I couldn't identify Alfred's war record. With information supplied by Roma, I have now been able to do so.

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I LOVE CONFIRMING OTHER PEOPLE'S INFORMATION BUT OFTEN DISCOVER IT IS WRONG OR THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO DO SO.
Roma Griffiths, has provided vital clues that now allow me to identify her father's W.W.1 service record. Alfred (living at Aspendale) had a son named Clem, a policeman, who was dating Marjorie Ewart's younger sister (one of the twins I have mentioned.) If I could find Clem's birth record, I might find the name of Alfred's first wife.
GRIFFITHS Clement Gordon, Birth
mother: Annie nee SHEPPARD, father: Alf
CARLTON, 1914, 29577/1914

I think the article* about Marjorie stated that Alfred died in 1960 but that was probably a guess. When I first tried to find Alfred's service record, I was not aware of his marital status, let alone the name of his wife (Clem's mother.)
Written in the Ballan Times in 2011 after Roma's mother celebrated her 100th birthday: scanned by Roma.

ALFRED'S SERVICE RECORD.
Alfred GRIFFITHS
Regimental number241 Place of birthHaverfordwest Wales ReligionChurch of England OccupationJockey Marital statusMarried Age at embarkation22 Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie Emily Griffiths, 23 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria Enlistment date27 January 1915 Rank on enlistmentPrivate Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters and Machine Gun Section Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A34 Persic on 28 May 1915 Rank from Nominal RollPrivate Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919 Miscellaneous information from
cemetery recordsPlaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance Date of death17 November 1961

ALFRED'S FIRST WIFE DIED IN 1933.
GRIFFITHS.— On the 4th June, .at the Austin Hospital, Annie Emily, the dearly beloved wife of Alfred Griffiths, of Point Nepean-road, Aspendale, and loving mother of Clement G., aged 40 years. (P.1, The Age, 5-6-1933.)
ANNIE'S DEATH RECORD.
GRIFFITHS Annie Emily, Death
mother: Emily nee LOVELL, father: SHEPPARD George
place of death:HEIDELBERG, 40, 1933, 4437/1933

ALFRED AND HIS SON CLEM MARRY SISTERS!
EWART Marj Cath Marriage GRIFFITHS, Alfd 1936, 10298/1936

GRIFFITHS, Clement Gordon, Marriage
EWART, Nancy Lilian, 1937, 6661/1937

ALFRED DID DIE IN 1961 AS STATED IN THE SERVICE RECORD.
GRIFFITHS Alfred, Death
mother:Sarah nee CRABB, father: GRIFFITHS Richard place of death:FOOTSCRAY, 69, 1961, 23064/1961


ROMA'S CONTRIBUTIONS.
As only one image can be attached to a journal, I am unable to attach the photo of the former Beech Tree Hotel mentioned above and scans that Roma has provided of the 2011 article about her mum's story and the historical society article about the Ewarts. I may be able to find a link for the latter, but if not I will write a summary of the information they contain.

The Mooroobool News, August 9, 2011.
(An attempt to access the article online via news@ballannews.com failed. Two errors have been found, Marjorie's birth place and the year of Alfred's death and will be explained at the end of the article.)

VALE Marjorie Catherine Griffiths 29 April 1910-15 June 2011.
Marjorie (Peggy)Griffiths nee Ewart achieved a great many things in her life. She was born in Trentham* although (sic) was proud of her Irish ancestry which included the Ewarts of Yarra Glen and originally of the Ewarts' Belfast Linen Company in Ireland.

Peggy was married to Alfred Griffiths who was a First World War veteran. He was often ill and a great deal of labour on the couple's Tullamarine farm was done by Peggy. Life must have been tough for Peggy as the main bread winner, wife and mother. She operated a chicken farm which also had a range of other animals. It was located in Bulla Road, Tullamarine for 30** years.

Later the Jetport bought out the farm and the family moved to the Footscray area. Peggy bought an old mansion at 24 Pickett Street, Footscray around 1959.She also ran a milk bar in Buckingham Street, Footscray. Daughter Roma said the stables and outbuildings of their home were demolished and her mother sub-contracted the construction of four units. Alfred Griffiths passed away in 1960***, leaving Peggy to raised Roma and her brother Peter, now Dr. Peter Griffiths of Riddell's**** Creek. (Roma explained)"We were only children as my mother gave birth to my brother and me towards 40; she was too busy working," she said.

In about 1961, Peggy demolished the family home and the astute business-woman again sub-contracted construction, this time building home units on the site. These buildings are still standing.

One of Peggy's main contacts in this era was Graeme Rayner*****, (now Rayner Real Estate, Bacchus Marsh.) Another contact was Alan Mance of Alan Mance Holden who remembered Peggy well. Roma said that Peggy bought a new car each year from Alan Mance. "I know mum was remembered fondly by Alan, as you only went to Alan Mance for cars. About eight years ago, Alan was astounded that I was Mum's daughter and asked for her phone number. He rang her for Christmas. He also said it was people like Mum who got him started years ago, much to my amazement."

Roma said her mother had a block of land at Blackwood***** which she considered to be the gateway to the local area. Roma said that the land is beautiful and had a special place in my Mum's heart.

"Many people are amazed at the achievements Mum accomplished on her own," Roma said, and pointed out that in the era of her prime, it was uncommon for women to lead a wheeling and dealing life. Peggy returned home to live with daughter Roma after a short illness but passed away peacefully only two days later.

Too often 50% of the pioneers are ignored when history is written but not so in Elizabeth McMcMeekin's THOSE COURAGOUS HARDY WOMEN, about her pioneering female relatives near Sorrento and it is good to see Roma following Elizabeth's example! Peggy was both courageous and hardy.

* Marjorie was not born in Trentham. It needs to be explained why she was born at Warburton* and how she and Albert became acquainted.

EWART Marjorie Catherine Gillis, Birth
mother:EWART, Margaret Isabel nee GILLIS
father: EWART, James,
place of birth:Warburton
1910, reg. no.15481/1910

Marjorie had two younger sisters, twins, Betty and Nancy Lillian, born in 1916.
EWART.—On the ??th January, at Nurse Basser's private hospital, 45 Drummond street, Carlton, to Mr. and Mrs. Ewart, Warburton, twins (daughters). (P.11, Argus, 12-2-1916.)

It was Marjorie's mother who was born at Trentham.

EWART Margaret Isobel, Death
mother: Mary Catherine nee MCALPINE
father: GILLIS Aaron
place of birth:Trentham*, place of death:Footscray
75, 1963, 22081/1963

* But the birth record states BLUE MOUNTAIN!


Event:births
Registration number 860 / 1889
Family name:GILLIS, Given name(s) Margt Isabella
Place of event: BLUE MOUNTAIN, Australia
Personal detail
Mother's name Mary Kate
Mother's family name at birth MCALPINE
Father's Name: Aaron

Trentham | Victorian Places
https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/trentham
The diggings were also known as Blue Mountain.

** Aaron Gillis (father of Peggy's mother as shown by the above records) was occupying part of John Beech's 1851 purchase (See lot 11 on the attached map) in 1930 so the 30 year occupancy would probably have that as the starting point.

***The reporter was probably told "about" 1960. Alfred's death record can be seen in BOLD ITALICS immediately before Peggy's obituary. That would explain why Peggy had subdivided the old mansion's stables and outbuildings soon after buying the property but did not demolish the home until "about" 1961, probably soon after Albert's death.

**** Riddell's Creek is named after John Carre Riddell (from whom the creek and town's names came)who was granted sections 15 and 6 whose eastern boundary was Broadmeadows Rd (now Mickleham Rd.)As Bulla Rd was proclaimed after the parish of Tullamarine was surveyed small portions of Riddell's grants were cut off as was the north east corner of Fawkner's section 7, so the two swapped these cut-off corners so that all of Fawkner's estate was on the Keilor side of the road and Riddell's Camiestown Estate was on the Broadmeadows side. John Beech's purchase and Alfred and Peggy's farm were at the south west corner of Riddell's section 6.

***** Graeme Rayner was probably related to Jack Rayner and his wife Grace, of Blackwood, old identities of the town with a great interest in its history, about whom Margot Hitchcock, Blackwood's historian, could tell you plenty.

information from Lilydale Historical Society (Roma's scan.)
EWART.
John Ewart died in 1892. He was the son of William Ewart, founder of a famous linen manufacturing firm in Ireland. In 1837, he married Catherine Morrison in Belfast and in 1842 they arrived in Melbourne in 1842 with fellow passengers Lithgow and Blair. John explored some 40 miles up the Yarra where he built a home naming it Belfast Cottage. As more settlers arrived, he built a store, post office and the Home Hotel at today's Launching Place which was originally known as Ewart. Their son, David, the first to settle in the Don Valley, married Molly Landers.

Peggy's parents married in 1909.
EWART Jas Marriage GILLIS, Margt Isabel 1909 6501/1909
On the basis that most men were married in their mid to late 20's I searched for his birth record between 1870 and 1890, producing two results and this would most likely be it.

EWART James Birth, mother:Catherine nee MORISON, father: David
HEAL(ESVILLE), 1882, 3211/1882

As Don Road is at Healeville, I presume that the the father was the first settler in the Don Valley. I don't think that he married his mother! The above article states that he married Molly Landers so I think this would be the correct marriage record for the parents of Peggy's father.

Event: marriages Registration number 3484 / 1867 Family name:EWART Given name(s)David
Spouse's family name:LANDERS Spouse's given name(s)Annie

James may have died at the aged care home at Cheltenham (known as the Kingston Centre since the 1970's) in 1963. He might have become disabled by an injury or senile decay because Roma didn't remember him.

EWART James, Death, mother:Annie nee LAUNDER (LANDERS?), father:EWART David
born:Launching Place, died:Cheltenham, no spouse at death recorded, 82, 1963, 10414/1963
His spouse (from above). She may have been living with Peggy and Roma:
EWART Margaret Isobel, Death
mother: Mary Catherine nee MCALPINE
father: GILLIS Aaron
place of birth:Trentham*, place of death:Footscray
75, 1963, 22081/1963
No lollies for the Victorian BDM typists!

THE ESSENDON HOTEL.
The Essendon Hotel was directly over Mt Alexander Rd from the east end of Keilor Rd, in Melway 28F1, immediately south of the old water reserve, Woodlands Park. Its most famous licensee was the famous John Coleman. By the 1970's it was renamed De Marco's after great sponsors of the Doutta Stars Football Club at that time. Later it was renamed The Grand as shown in my 1999 edition of Melway.


Roma Griffiths. If you want a photo of the hotel as it looked in 1931, scan page 67 of THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED: A HISTORY OF ESSENDON by Grant Aldous. The original hotel had stood for 83 years until plans to rebuild the hotel were lodged in 1936, by the owner, Hancock.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11021596

The McGaurans of Traralgon had bought the hotel in early 1927 but were soon sprung for having the bar open out of hours.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/62608245
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3922560

In November 1928, application was made to transfer the licence from Kathleen McGauran to Margaret I. Ewart.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3970032

The hotel was obviously sold (by the McGaurans?*) to Hancock by or at the start of 1936 and at the end of January 1936, Mary Kate Gillis applied to transfer the licence to Albert Richard Hancock. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11876476

No record of a sale of the hotel by John McGauran has been found but by November 1929 he was back at Traralgon and applying to modernise its Grand Junction Hotel, so it is likely that Aaron Gillis had bought the hotel from the McGaurans at the end of 1928 and sold it to Hancock in 1936.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/244204775

APPLICATION for TRANSFER of LICENCE
I, Margaret Isabel Ewart the holder of a victualler's licence for the Essendon Hotel at Mt Alexander road, Essendon in the Essendon Licenslng District and I, Mary Kate Gillis, of the Essendon Hotel, Mt Alexander road Essendon, hereby give notice that we will APPLY to the Licensing Court of Melbourne on Monday the 21st
day of December 1931 for the TRANSFER of the LICENCE to the said Mary Kate Gillis.Dated the 10th day of December 1931
MARGARET ISABEL EWART
MARY KATE GILLIS (P.17, Argus, 12-12-1931, last column.)

We know that Margaret Ewart was the wife of James Ewart and the mother of Peggy Ewart. Margaret may have been in much the same position as Peggy, supporting herself by this time. Roma wouldn't believe me when I told her that James Ewart had died in 1963, the same year as Margaret, because she didn't even remember him. But soon afterwards, memories came flooding back and Roma wrote:
"Omg I'm starting to recall his passing! Family rushing to his bedside in Cheltenham 1963! Ancestry just asked me to sign in again! 😡😡 My mother never went near him*, as I previously said, lived most of her life with Aaron & Kate Gillis. Fancy me forgetting! Nan lived opposite us in Footscray, 17 Pickett street. We cared for her a lot. Lady of means, no pension, from Aaron Gillis xx
*THIS IS WHY!
SIX DECREES GRANTED.
Margaret Isabel Ewart, 41 years, of
Mount Alexander-road, Essendon, sought
divorce from James Ewart: 47 years of
Merriwagga (N.S.W.); laborer, on the
ground of desertion. The parties were
married on 12th August, 1909, at Colling-
wood, and there were five children. A
decree, nisi was granted, with costs .
(P.7, The Age, 17-7-1930.)


Where does Mary Kate Gillis fit into the picture? McAlpine is already in the surnames list. I believe this is her death record. Gordon is a decent training run north of Ballan and linked to Blackwood by a very old track shown in Melway 527 CD3.

GILLIS Mary Catherine Death
mother: Isabella nee GARNER, father: MCALPINE James
born:GORDON, died:COBURG, 84, 1954, 8212/1954

Mary Kate was the wife of Aaron Gillis!

GILLIS Aaron Marriage MCALPINE, Mary Kate 1888 5386/1888





To be continued gillis/ cusack, roma named after a clydesdale champion but it could have been WEDDING GLIDE, aaron's last residence & probable reason, launching place originally called ewart etc

SEE THE GRIFFITHS LAND PURCHASED FOR THE JETPORT ON THE ATTACHED IMAGE, LOT 11 OPPOSITE THE MELROSE DRIVE RESERVE. THE NORTHERN PART OF JOHN BEECH'S PURCHASE FROM J.P.FAWKNER IN 1851 IS LABELLED PART LOT 12 (SAM PARR'S "ELM GROVE".)


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IN 1900, MRS F.KAVANAGH OF FOOTSCRAY CLAIMED TO BE THE OLDEST LIVING COLONIST OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

Mrs F. Kavanagh writes: - In answer to paragraph, "J.M.C.." I landed in June,'40, by the Andromache. It was the first vessel that sailed direct from Plymouth to Port Phillip, as it was then called. I think I can claim to be the oldest colonist living, as I have written recollections of my life in the colony. If you desire further Information by calling at my address. 8 Leeds street. Footscray. I am now close on eighty years of age. (P.3, The Herald, 11-12-1900.)

If this claim about arriving in June 1840 was true, it would be worth boasting about in a family history but there were certain unknowns that made it difficult to find proof. Was F the first letter of her name or her husband's? I gambled that her name was Frances when I read the following.

W. F. Murphy - Lists - Trove
Pertains to William Francis Murphy, son of William Emmett Murphy and Frances (born Kavanagh, 1849, Victorian colony ), daughter of Plenty River publicans, Moses and Frances Kavanagh [born Brady].

Kavanagh's had arrived in the colony early.

They organised Boxing Day races at the Plenty River - a way of encouraging visitors to the business, had a blacksmithy and wheelwright in the backyard (road described by Howitt as a shocker) ran the first district P.O., (Immigration records say illiterate!) and were involved in the Anti- Transportation movement in Victoria.

The family moved to Oxford street Collingwood to the "Oxford Arms". Moses died young.

Moses' will makes a point of directing funds to the education of the children.


A son of Frances and Moses, Moses Joseph, claims to have been the jockey who rode "Tory Boy" to victory in the Melbourne Cup.

The grandmother Frances K [born Brady] was heavily involved in the fundraising for the Abbosford convent, and must have had a substantial role in raising her Murphy grandchildren when their mother, Frances, died with 3 under 6.

PROOF THAT THE LETTER WRITER WAS THE WIFE OF NOAH KAVANAGH.
From:
SAMUEL CAUSE - OOCITIES
https://www.oocities.org/vic1847/c/c13.html
Moses Cavanagh 25 hus, 4 f, Farm Servant Wexford RC neither, came Jun 1840 on the Andromache
Frances Cavanagh 20 wife of Moses, 4 f, Dairymaid Wexford RC neither, came Jun 1840 on the Andromache
Daniel Cavanagh 2 son of Moses, 4 f, Wexford RC, came Jun 1840 on the Andromache
Moses Cavanagh and Frances Brady, baptised Hugh 1841, Catherine died 1844, Moses 1846
Moses Kavenagh - Kavanagh Letters at Post Office Jan 1847

*Moses died in 1856 at Collingwood, aged 42, his place of birth being recorded as WEX and the name of his spouse given as BRADY, Frances Agnes. (The Victorian BDM index gives the details not shown below!)
Event:deaths
Registration number151 / 1856
Family name:KAVANAGH
Given name(s)Moses
Personal detail
Mother's name
Mother's family name at birth
Father's Name:, Daniel

The death notice DID NOT APPEAR AS A RESULT in a search for KAVANAGH 1856 but the Murphy researcher had found it.
On the 7th inst., at his residence, Oxford Arms, Oxford-street, Collingwood, Moses Kavenagh, aged forty-two years ; deeply regretted by a numerous circle of friends. (P.4, Argus, 8-3-1856.)

Frances applied for probate of the will on 20-3-1856

Mrs F.Kavanagh died in 1909.
KAVANAGH Frances, Death
mother:, Unknown UNKNOWN
father: , Brady
place of death:Melb W
spouse at death:
89, 1909, 13548/1909

KAVANAGH.—On the 16th October, at the residence of her son-in-law Mr. M. Bourke, 124 Roden-street, West Melbourne, Mrs. Frances Kavanagh, beloved mother of Mrs S. Bourke, Mrs. Mawson and J.Kavanagh*, aged 90 years. A colonist of 70 years.
Interred privately. May her soul rest in peace. (P.1, The Age, 19-10-1909.)

*J.Kavanagh would be Moses Joseph Kavanagh, the jockey referred to above: A son of Frances and Moses, Moses Joseph, claims to have been the jockey who rode "Tory Boy" to victory in the Melbourne Cup.

Frances had sought information about his whereabouts while running the Oxford Arms at Collingwood. It seems that he was 102 in about 1933, according to an article about the SMITH FAMILY, a charitable organisation supported by a women's group, the View Club, nowadays. He was in N.S.W. at the time and had been at the hospital for 23 years.
SMITH FAMILY'S WORK. DINNERS AND CONCERTS AT STATE HOSPITALS.

THE WEEK IN SYDNEY. One of the finest institutions in our city is that known as the "Smith Family Joyspreaders Unlimited," and
one of its functions is to spread cheer in a practical manner to inmates of hospitals and various other institutions, State-owned and otherwise. Recently a large party, consisting of 30 girls, visited the Lidcombe State Hospital, and all were introduced to the oldest in-mate, Moses Joseph Kavanagh, who claims to be 102, and who said he was born in Melbourne and was the first horse trainer to take racehorses to Tasmania*. He could not give the exact date of his first such venture, though he truly said he had been an inmate of the hospital for 23 years. (P.4, Advocate, Burnie, 18-1-1933.)

* to compete, not to start the breeding of thoroughbreds as might be assumed. James Purves, prominent in Turf circles in Victoria (along with the Yuilles etc.) had probably, with others, started breeding thoroughbreds in Van Diemen's Land before he became an overstraiter in about 1837.

WHEN IS THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY GOING TO PRODUCE A BIOGRAPHY OF SID PATTERSON, THE GREAT CYCLIST?

THE FOLLOWING MIGHT BE OF HELP!
Anyone writing a family history will have trouble finding much about Sid in Victorian BDM.

THE GREAT SID PATTERSON ROSE TO FAME AS A MEMBER OF THE KENSINGTON CYCLING CLUB.
CYCLING.
The Kensington Amateur Cycling Club will hold its annual meeting in the club room, Albermarle-street, Kensington. Mr. O.Perugia will preside at the meeting. (P.10, The Age, 25-4-1936.)

The amateur handicap went to S. Patterson,Kensington, who, coming through well on the inside, hit the front to take the race from L. Nettleton, with H. Evans third. (P.13, Sporting Globe, 15-12-1943.)


Board Track .
Three Titles to Patterson
Star of the night at the Victorian Amateur Cycling championship meeting- at the board track last night was S. Patterson (Kensington). He won three championships and broke his own amateur record of 12 4-5 sec. for the last furlong by 1.5sec. in the senior 1000 metres championship. etc. (P.10, The Age, 11-2-1948.)

£350,000 Olympic Park plan and an additional...
NEW TRACK ON THE WAY
Melbourne City Council is building a cycling track to Olympic specifications in Royal Park. Estimated cost of the track is £45,000.
Earth removal already has begun. City council parks and gardens official, Mr J.Owens, said yesterday the council was building the circuit independently of any Olympic considerations. "However, we are hopeful that it will be used for the Games."
Moves by Kensington amateur cycling club—Sid Patterson's old club—were responsible. ETC. (P.11, Sporting Globe, 17-9-1952.)

Sid Patterson's father dies
Sid Patterson's father,Phillip Patterson, died suddenly at his home in Moonee Ponds (Vic.) on ?day. He was 53. (P.11, Sporting Globe, 10-10-1951.)

PATTERSON. — On October 5 (suddenly), Philip Osier, of 46 Bent-street, Moonee Ponds,loved brother of Agnes, Stanley, William, David (deceased), Bessie(deceased), Millicent, John(deceased). Annie (deceased) and
James*. (P.2, The Age, 9-10-1951.)
* The brother at Cobram.

PATTERSON Philip Ostler, Birth
mother, Louisa Annie nee LASHBROOK, father: David
place of birth: NKAH (Numurkah?), 1898, 13297/1898


PATTERSON Philip Osler, Marriage, IVERS, Kathleen, 1922,8220/1922



PATTERSON Philip Osler, Death
mother: Louisa nee LASHBROOK, father: PATTERSON David
place of death: MOONEE PONDS, 53, 1951, 11830/1951

£50 MEMORIAL
BIKE TROPHY
The £50 Phil Patterson Memorial Trophy, in memory of Sid Patterson's
father, will go to the aces' derby winner at Cobram carnival in December.
Mr Patterson's brother lives at Cobram where, he says, young Sid first learned to ride a bike.(P.12, Sporting Globe, 31-10-1951.)

Marriage of Sid's aunt.
KIDD—PATTERSON—On the 27th June, by the Rev. David Lowe, David, youngest son of William Kidd, of Tocumwal, N.S.W., to Agnes Louisa, eldest daughter of David Patterson, Moonee Ponds.(P.2, Numurkah Leader, 31-8-1906.)

HEWITT AND ALICE MAY KELLS OF 23 McCONNELL ST, KENSINGTON, MELBOURNE, VIC., AUST.

MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR WAS ALICE MAY KELLS, A WIDOW.
I mentioned in a post about Russell Horsburgh that old Mrs Kells lived between my place (No.25) and Russell's (No.21). She'd been a widow for about eight years when we arrived.
KELLS. — On June 20, at 23 McConnell street. Kensington, Hewitt, dearly loved husband of Alice May Kells, loved father of Will, Catherine, Alice (deceased), Hannah (deceased). Alice, Hewitt (deceased*). Henry, Ellen, and Herman, aged 79 years. (P.2, Argus, 22-6-1945.)
KELLS Hewitt, Death
mother: Catherine nee POWER
father: KELLS Hewitt
place of birth: GEELONG
place of death: KENSINGTON
79, 1945, 5832/1945

Mrs Kells' house was demolished not long after our arrival, possibly soon after her death in 1956. No wonder that she was so friendly; she'd grown up in the country.
KELLS Alice May, Death
mother: Hannah nee FOSTER, father: KREECK Henry
place of birth:TUNGAMAH
place of death: PARKVILLE
83, 1956, 5223/1956
KELLS-On May 13, at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Alice May. of 23 McConnell street, Kensington, beloved wife of the late Hewitt Kells, and loving mother of William, Catherine, Hannah (deceased), Alice (deceased), Alice, Hewitt (deceased), Harry, Nellie, and Herman, and mother-in-law of Lily, Bill, Ossie, Ralph, and Iris, aged 83 years. -A patient sufferer at rest.
KELLS.-The Funeral of the late Mrs. ALICE MAY KELLS will leave her residence, 23 McConnell street, Kensington, TOMORROW (Tuesday), at 2 p.m., for the Fawkner Cemetery.( both on P.10, Argus, 14-5-1956.)

KELLS Hewitt, Marriage, KREECK, Alice May
1897, 1014/1897
There was no marriage notice.

*Hewitt Jnr's death.
Hewitt Kells, aged 22 years, builder's labourer, of Racecourse road, Newmarket, who fell 15ft from a wall at the Vacuum Oil Company's premises,Yarraville, on Monday morning. died in the Melbourne hospital yesterday from head and internal injuries. (P.24, Argus, 13-6-1928.)

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HISTORY OF KENSINGTON, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

This journal cannot possibly include all the maps and photos related to the history of Kensington but it can serve as the one place where descendants of the early residents, those who grew up in the suburb, and recent residents can find information about the area's past such as the origins of street names. There are three organisations which have provided historical information about Flemington and Kensington: the KENSINGTON ASSOCIATION (whose Sheila Byard provided many of the photos and maps that I included in my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA circa 2000), the KENSINGTON NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE (whose website contains a history walk with a map and photos of places such as author Hal Porter's house) and the FLEMINGTON ASSOCIATION (whose website has a history section with biographies of prominent citizens such as Russell Horsburgh, who fought as Billy Russell, and J.J.Holland and his son Kevin.)

The links for the above groups and articles will be found on a new Facebook group page:
KENSINGTON KIDS
The reason for the name of the group is that it is intended to allow people who grew up in Kensington to share their stories and photos about the area which will not be found anywhere else thus extending the store of information past 1956 where trove cuts out.

For those Family Tree Circles members who do not like using Facebook, I will be copying my posts and any other contributions likely to interest family historians into this journal. To save time I will not format links as I have for the KENSINGTON KIDS one above; I will put the links into bold type, which will take you to the article if you paste them into your search bar.

HERE'S MY POST WRITTEN THIS MORNING.
WAS THIS SCHOOL IN OUR KENSINGTON?
SCHOOL COMMITTEES.-The following gentlemen have been appointed by the Board of Education members of the local committees of the undermentioned common schools, without prejudice to the power of the board to withdraw aid from the school at any time, subject to the provisions of the act:- ......; Kensington School, No.349-Rev. F. Smith, Duncan Longden. Louis Richardson, and William Thomas Baker: (P.6, Argus, 1864.)

Why would I doubt that it was? Firstly, having done fairly extensive research into Kensington's early history, I had seen none of these four names mentioned and secondly, while researching the school at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, I'd found that over 90% of the results concerned a school near Geelong.

A trove search for KENSINGTON COMMON SCHOOL, even before I refined the search to an early decade, revealed that Kensington must have been an early name for Leopold* near Geelong, just as Torquay had originally been called Spring Creek and Port Fairy had originally been called Belfast.
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/150500088

From 1876, residents of our Kensington had to qualify their address, otherwise their mail would be delivered to Kensington near Geelong.
KENSINGTON.
Henceforward letters, &c., addressed "Kensington " (only) will be sent to the Post Office of that name near Geelong. Letters, &c., Intended for Kensington near Flemington should be so directed. (P.2, The Age, 5-4-1876.)

From the Wikipedia page for Leopold.
History
The area was formerly known as Kensington. The post office opened as Kensington on 19 May 1858, and was renamed Kensington Hill* in 1882, Leopold Hill in 1884 and Leopold in 1885.[2]
*This wouldn't have done much to prevent confusion because it was recorded as the birth place of the Kelly girl (born in our Kensington) who married Squizzy Taylor.

The Wikipedia page for our Kensington needs a bit of amendment but is well-worth a read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington,_Victoria
Kensington was NEVER a part of the CITY of Essendon. It was a part of the Borough of Essendon and Flemington and then the Borough of Flemington and Kensington.
About the only information in many Wikipedia pages about Victorian places is the post office history, but there is absolutely no mention of the post office at our Kensington. This may be because mail was distributed from a post office at Flemington but I can vouch that there was a sub post office on the site of John Rankin's old house opposite the station. It was in that post office that I (who had no interest in horse racing) settled a dispute between two women about which horse had won a certain Melbourne Cup by blurting out TOBIN BRONZE. I wonder if they ever discovered that I was talking rubbish.

EARLY RESULTS FOR KENSINGTON NEAR FLEMINGTON.
NOTICE To BUTCHERS AND OTHERS-The undersigned are purchasers of Mutton and Beef Fat, and Tallow, at the market price, delivered at their Stores,No 9, Lonsdale-street, west and at their Works Kensington, near Flemington. BENN and CO. (P.4, Argus, 30-6-1853.)

THISTLES.-Contract to Destroy on about Three Acres at Kensington, near Flemington. Apply Henry Jennings, solicitor, 83 Queen-street. 052 (P.7, Argus, 2-10-1856.)
(If I remember correctly, Jennings bought the Crown allotment over Footscray (now Kensington) Road from Edward Byam Wight's THE RIDGE from the grantee, William Highett (manager of the Union Bank), and sold the lower portion, which included part of Cox's Kensington Park Racecourse, to Wight in 1859. Such title detail will be posted in small portions later.)

Funeral Notices.
Mr. James Graham, late of Queen street, but now of Kensington House, Kensington, near Flemington. His friends are most respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late daughter Mary to the place of interment, at the General Cemetery. The funeral procession will move from his residence Kensington House at two o'clock this day, Saturday,27th inst. (P.1, The Age, 27-10-1860.)

HERE'S A BIT ABOUT A PIONEER ABOUT WHOM I WILL WRITE A POST SHORTLY.
WE, the undersigned, nominators of FREDERICK JOHN COOTE as a Candidate at the election of Councillor to be held on the 28th day of February, 1867, in and for the Flemington and Kensington Ward of the borough of Essondon and Flemington, do hereby WITHDRAW the said Frederick John Coote as such Candidate.
JAS. QUINTON. T. W. HATTON. ROBT. TERRY. GEORGE WILSON.HUGH GLASS.
And I, the said Frederick John Coote, do hereby retire from being such Candidate. FREDK. JOHN COOTE.(P.8, Argus, 27-2-1867.)

TWO MEN ON EITHER SIDE OF FOOTSCRAY (NOW KENSINGTON) ROAD WOULD HAVE PROBABLY REACTED DIFFERENTLY TO THE REPORT OF THE LAYING OF THE FIRST STONE OF ST MARY'S C.OF E. AT NORTH MELBOURNE.
Edward Byam Wight of THE RIDGE (whose driveway was The Ridgeway) wouldn't have been happy about the spelling of his surname.https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/154875901

COOTE Fred Jno, Death, mother Sarah UNKNOWN, father: Coote Wm, place of death:Byong
79, 1902, 865/1902

THE FOLLOWING ILLUSTRATES WHY THE FACEBOOK PAGE IS NEEDED SO THAT ALL THE PHOTOS AND MAPS RELATIVE TO KENSINGTON'S HISTORY (mentioned in bold type) CAN BE POSTED. ONLY ONE IMAGE CAN BE ATTACHED TO A FAMILY TREE CIRCLES JOURNAL. The photos and maps will only be published on the Facebook page.

FROM MY "EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA" WRITTEN IN ABOUT 2000.
EARLY LANDOWNERS: DOUTTA GALLA.
This parish is bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek, the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers, and the line of Sharps Rd in the north. Section 1, south of Dynon Rd has not been researched.
SECTION 2 (KENSINGTON.)
Section 2 consisted of allotments 16 to 24, the last of which was reserved as part of a racecourse. Allotments 1-15 (Sections 5 and 4) went from McPherson’s “Essendon Park” to Hugh Glass’s southern boundary near Main’s Bridge and allotments 25 to 37 (Section 3) continue the anti-clockwise numbering pattern on the river side of Epsom Rd. Documents relating to these allotments rarely mention the crown section number.
This map shows crown allotments 16 to 23. NOTE EARLY NAMES FOR RACECOURSE AND EPSOM RDS.

ALLOTMENT 16.
1849.
The land bounded by Racecourse, Boundary, Macaulay and Rankins Rds was sold by the Crown in 1849 in allotments of about 2 acres. “Every Square Inch” gives details about most of the buyers but here I will only mention a few.
John Rankin bought two blocks fronting Macaulay Rd and was living there as a (market) gardener by 1851. He spent a short, successful time at the diggings and lived on Princes St (as Rankins Rd was originally known) for many years. His house, located at the Macaulay Rd corner, was demolished by the early 1890’s and he was living in Moonee Ponds when he died on 20-7-1892.
This portion of Land Plan 520 (sheet 2) shows the location of Rankin’s house, just near the station.



George Kirk bought four blocks on the west side of Boundary Rd (from Racecourse Rd to Sutton St). He was probably related to the Kirk’s Bazaar founder and John Kirk of Kensington and later Ascot Vale West.
George Scarborough bought an allotment that is today bisected by the street bearing his name. Like Rankin, he lived in Kensington for many years.
Rankin’s land went a third of the way to Stubbs St, the next block contained a Maizena works by the time the Kensington Park Racecourse closed.
The last block, east of Rankins Rd, to be sold was bought by D.Boyd on 28-10-1873, twenty two years after the last of the other blocks was sold. The Palace hotel was built on this 2 acre block.
Before subdivision of this area in the 1880’s many of the blocks were used for market gardening and racehorse training. One trainer, Davis, also ran the Palace hotel.
As mentioned previously, Rankins Rd was called Princes St. It was probably the main route north for West Melbourne residents. Racecourse and Boundary Rds did not meet, most likely because of the swampland later owned by Colclough and then Debney. Therefore Rankins Rd and Princes St would have formed the closest “high and dry” route to Flemington Hill.


1860.
When Hugh Glass, Peter McCracken and others built the railway to Essendon in 1860, the government sold the allotment 16 land west of Rankins Rd, using the railway as a major inducement. The triangle of land south of Smith St was bought by James McConnell and Edward Byam Wight.
West of the line, major purchasers were McConnell (town Hall site and half the blocks straddling McConnell St), Wight (including, and east of, Hopetoun St and south of the top half of Wight St), John Filson (Gordon St area), J. Holland (Percy St area) and John Thomas Smith (Epsom/McCracken corner, and school site in 1866.)
McConnell was also a grantee of the allotment bisected by Puckle St.
McConnell St was a private road resulting from subdivision, as were Coote, Bayswater (Hopetoun), McMeikan, New and Wight Sts. The involvement in the area of Wight, Filson and J.T.Smith will be discussed in detail later.
The Kensington State School was opened in 1881 on a portion of the present site bought from Smith’s estate. Kensington’s population exploded in 1882-3, possibly because the newly formed Flemington-Kensington council resolved to construct streets at no expense to landowners.

ALLOTMENTS 17, 18, 19. (McCRACKEN’S DAIRY, THE RACECOURSE.)
This land, bounded by Macaulay Rd, Dynon Rd, and the lines of Lloyd St and Hampden Rd, was granted to John Robert Murphy at about the time he was granted a 2 acre block at the south east corner of Stubbs and Parsons St in 1949.
Allotment 17 was leased by Anah Lewis for 14 years. Allotments 18 and 19 were leased to A.E.Brodribb for 14 years but it is known that by 1855 the 132 acres comprised all or part of McCracken’s dairy.

In 1855, Peter McCracken quit his lease on “Stewarton” (Gladstone Park) and lived on the dairy while his mansion was built on “Ardmillan” in Moonee Ponds. In 1861 a fire burnt all the haystacks and by the end of 1862, Peter was thinking of giving up the dairy because the grass was poor and it was costing more for hay than the milk was worth. Soon after, James Hyslop, who had worked for Peter since 1858, was out of a job (P.233 Victoria and Its Metropolis).

When Anah’s lease finished, and McCracken quit his dairy, the whole 198 acres was leased by cattle salesman Samuel Cox. He probably fattened cattle and sheep on it. Pigs might have been kept there too by pork butcher, William Samuel Cox. Three years later, in 1867, W.S.Cox took over the lease, and in 1872, he extended it for five years with an option of another five years. In 1871, he’d moved from Abbotsford St to “Kensington Park”. The KENSINGTON PARK RACECOURSE commenced operation in 1874. The racecourse was situated partly on E.B.Wight’s portion of allotment 20 as shown by the map on the next page. When it closed at the end of 1882, Cox took out a lease on, and then bought, Feehan’s farm (now called Moonee Valley Racecourse).

On 7-11-1882, exactly 10 years after W.S.Cox started his 10 year lease extension, Murphy sold Kensington Park to John Straker after whom a street in allotment 17 was named. The land was soon subdivided in stages by Nathaniel Munro. New residents might have had trouble establishing gardens because Straker had contracted to sell the topsoil to the Board of Land and Works! Munro also subdivided that portion of allotment 20, which had been part of the racecourse.
The Swamp (Dynon) Rd frontage of section 17 (and 17B between Lloyd St and the northern tip of the swamp) featured a hill that was called Brown’s Hill after an early owner of subdivided land there.

KENSINGTON PARK RACECOURSE.

This map, relating to the subdivision of the shaded land, is from page 116 of volume 4A of the Vale Collection. My thanks to Ken Fraser of Flemington, who supplied it to me.
The map does have an error, showing Hardiman’s Hotel on the Holy Trinity corner instead of the Henry St corner as indicated by my dot.
There is no reason to suppose that a similar error was made with the location of the Kensington Racecourse. The oldtimers who recalled a race track on Holland Park might have been referring to their parents’ recollections from the early 1880’s.





ALLOTMENT 20.
This was granted to William Highett who came to the Port Phillip District to manage the Union Bank. Highett also received a grant in the parish of Yuroke near Craigieburn Rd.
His land dealings fill many pages of the lands title index; no doubt many were in Highett. The entrance in Dynon Rd between Kensington Rd and the railway bridge is actually Highett St.

Not long afterwards, Highett sold allotment 20 to lawyer, Henry Jennings, after whom Henry St was probably named. In 1854, Jennings subdivided the land, selling the land north east of Derby St in 78 lots. The main buyers were F.J.Coote, William and David Winder, and John Cosgrave. Coote was a partner in Jennings’ legal firm and Cosgrave was treasurer of the Corporation of Melbourne. William Winder was a brickmaker and David Winder had purchased the land between Stubbs St and the Macaulay Station site in 1849.

Coote bought most of the land between 18 Henry St and Derby St, which also fronted Kensington Rd, and lots 3-7 (the shop area between Gower St and Hampden Rd). The Winders bought nearly all the Macaulay Rd frontage between Gower St and Kensington Rd. Cosgrave bought land on both sides of Gower St from Derby St up to the church and school sites as well as north east of the latter. Land near the Holy Rosary church site was bought by Thomas Lilley (who owned it for 18 years), and Joseph Hore (who sold to John Brooks in 1857.) Across Gower St, Josh Hore, T.Gregory and T.Stubbs bought blocks that they sold to the McMeikans in 1859.
The McMeikans bought land from Cosgrave in 1864 and Coote in 1868 to extend their property to Bellair St. In 1863, J.T.Smith bought all of Cosgrave’s land east of Gower St (sold to Durham in 1879). Smith also bought six of Cosgrave’s blocks south west of the church site, Robert Wallace buying the other 9 blocks (to Derby St) in 1869.

Durham subdivided his land fairly quickly; Munro’s 1884-5 plan of allotment 19 subdivision shows the nearby houses of Durham and Clarke (manager of the Apollo Candle Works in Swamp i.e. Dynon Rd) with Mr Dixon in the old McMeikan house. In 1888, the two rows of terrace houses were added.
In 1871, Frederick John Coote bought lot 68, between 18 Henry St and Kensington Rd.
It had been owned by Henney (1854-65) and Warnock.

The heritage status of 18 Henry St has been significantly upgraded recently. The house had been built by 1867, when a picture was produced showing this house and those of Peter Wilson (church site), McMeikan and Cosgrave (school site). This picture clearly shows lot 68 is fenced off from Coote’s property.

F.J.Coote’s house is in the foreground of this picture (C.1866.)
Serving as a dairy and the residence of Richard Nelson for the first four decades of the 1900’s, the house was called 11 Footscay Rd, from 1893 until 1915.

This map shows original and later owners of lots in Jennings’ subdivision.



South West of Derby St.
In 1858, when the railway to Mt Alexander was started, Henry Jennings sold land south of the railway to Lowry, Allbeury, Stuart and Merrick, and the land between the railway and Derby St to E.B.Wight. Land now occupied by the flats was subdivided by Wight in the 1880’s. The Apollo Hotel seems to have been on the north side of Swamp (Dynon) Rd, between Kensington Rd and the bridge over Dynon Rd, with the Half way Hotel near the bridge or perhaps further east.

The first of these maps (from 1875) shows the house of John Rankin as well as those of Coote and Wight. The second (from 1890) shows the last two houses. Rankin’s house had been demolished by then.





ALLOTMENT 21.
This was granted jointly to John Watson and Edward Byam Wight. They operated noxious trades in the area between Hobson Rd and the river, a tradition carried on by the Dundas family for many decades from the mid 1880’s.
Wight was the first Mayor of the Borough of Essendon and Flemington in 1862. When he and Watson partitioned their joint landholdings, Wight became sole owner of allotment 21. In 1866, he built on it a double storey house called “The Ridge”. The picture showing the houses of Coote etc at this time has the Kensington Rd gateway of “The Ridge” in the foreground.
When Wight conveyed the property to trustees including himself, relatives and F.J.Coote (by then living in Buningyong) in 1888, it was shown as being subdivided but the 1890’s depression resulted in John Grainger being the only resident between Wight’s house and the railway for many years. By 1911, The Ridge was vacant, Wight’s widow having died or moved in with relatives, and by 1913 the Ridgeway and Bangalore St had many residents as a result of subdivision.

ALLOTMENT 22.
Consisting of only 49 acres (those to the east being about 66 acres) this allotment was granted to Edmund Charles Hobson in 1847. By 1-11-1848, he had died and the property was leased to Richard Philpott for 14 years by his executors, James Horatio Nelson Cassell and John Robert Murphy (owner of allotments 17-19). Ownership of the allotment probably reverted to the widow, Margaret, and her sons, John and Charles in the early 1870’s. In 1874, Margaret bought, from Wight, a one chain-wide strip of land through allotment 21 that is now the eastern end of Hobsons Rd.
It is likely that subdivision took place in or before 1882 because the 1883 directory (the first to list Kensington residents in streets) named Bayswater Rd, which apparently had 14 residents.

ALLOTMENT 23.
This land has Smithfield Rd as its north western boundary and became the site of the abbatoirs. Along with the saleyards site, it was granted to the Mayor and Councillors of Melbourne on 30-8-1858. The 1911 and 1913 directories seem to indicate that on the south west side of Epsom Rd, between the Market St and Smithfield Rd corners, there was a property called “Ythan”, occupied by John Robertson.

ALLOTMENT 24.
Smithfield Rd was not the original route to the punt to Footscray. The track was a furlong (200 metres) further north west along the boundary between allotments 24 and 25. (See map on next page.) In 1836, those travelling to Geelong, and presumably Footscray, had to travel along Macedon (Mt Alexander) Rd to Braybrook Rd (Buckley St) and then from North Pole (Milleara) Road south-west to Solomon’s Ford (POSTSCRIPT 22-5-2020-south of Rhonda St,Avondale Heights, not Clancy's later ford at the west end of Canning St as wrongly claimed by the Victorian Heritage Council and now shown on Google maps, where the river was crossed southward into the parish of Cut Cut Paw. When land was reserved for a racecourse at this time, allotment 24 was included despite the fact that the road to the punt separated it from allotment 25. It may have been at that time that the punt was transferred to the Lynch’s Bridge site so the road could travel along the route of Smithfield Rd. Between the old and new punt sites was the Punt Hotel which ended its life in about 1990 as the Pioneer Hotel.
Smithfield Rd gets its name from Smithfield Market, London, where Britain’s first recorded race meeting took place in the 12th century.
In 1848, J.C.Riddell, J.F.L.Foster and William Stawell took out a lease on the land to ensure the club’s occupancy.

This portion of the 1860 Survey Map shows Smithfield Rd and the second punt located at the site of Lynch’s Bridge but it also shows the original punt and the road on the Footscray side still leading to it.

ALLOTMENTS 25-28.
These allotments are part of the racecourse but section 28 may have been originally granted to Andrew Russell along with allotment 29.(Memorial on folio 702 of volume 39 recording sale of 2 acres of allotment 28 land by Russell on 5-8-1856). Allotment 28 may have been added to the racecourse lease in 1858. Allotments 24-28 are probably in section 3.
A 99 year lease of the racecourse land was granted to V.R.C. Chairman, T.Manifold, on 19-8- 1958. The previous lease was probably granted to the club in 1858, when the first lease (to J.C.Riddell, J.F.L.Foster and the latter’s cousin, William Stawell, for 10 years in 1848) had expired.

JOHN COSGRAVE WAS A PIONEER OF KENSINGTON AND THE SHIRE OF BULLA.
FROM:Oaklands Hunt Club, Oaklands Junction - City of Hume
www.hume.vic.gov.au/.../Oaklands_Hunt_Club_Oaklands_Junction.pdf · PDF file
The Hunt Club acquired Sherwood in 1925 for some £1,261. In the same year it also purchased the 64 acre Daniel property, Narbonne, which once encompassed portion 5. In 1853 Mary Daniel had sold a 53 acre allotment to John Cosgrave, alderman and first treasurer to the City of Melbourne, who cycled out to what appears to have been his country residence on his 'bone-shaker'. He pitched a tent on the property, and then had a carpenter build him a house. The Cosgraves later sold the property to Hunt and Standen who passed it on to Standen's daughter Mrs T.J.Dean. Mrs Dean's son, of Melbourne, then owned this land before it was bought by the Oaklands Hunt Club.

Funeral Notice.
THE Friends of JOHN COSGRAVE, Esq., City Treasurer, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late wife to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery.The funeral to move from his residence, Kensington, on Tuesday, 13th inst., at half past 2 o'clock p m.(P.8, Argus, 12-10-1868.)


COSGRAVE Ellen, Death, mother: Catherine nee SHEHAN, father: Atcheson Matth
place of birth:IREL, age:39, 1868, 8662/1868.


COSGRAVE , John, Marriage, ATCHESON, Ellen, 1849, 665/1849 (There was no marriage notice.)

Their children were John Thomas(45581 / 1853) and Catherine (807 / 1858), both registered in Melbourne.
John Thomas married in 1877.For a time North Melbourne was renamed as Hotham.
COSGRAVE—HALLOWS.— On the 18th April, at St. Mary's, Hotham, by the Rev. H. P. Handfield, John T., son of Mr. John Cosgrave, City Treasurer, to Agnes, eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Hallows, Hotham.(P.2, The Age, 27-4-1877.)
Catherine married in 1887.
McDONALD—COSGRAVE.—On the 22nd February, at St. Finbar's Church, Brighton, by the Rev.M. Carey, assisted by the Rev. W. Lawler,Sandhurst, Michael M'Donald, of Brighton, to Katie, daughter of the late John Cosgrave, City Treasurer, Melbourne.(P.


One of the obitaries following John's death in 1885.
John was a Roman Catholic as was Mary Daniel of "Narbonne"(Melway 177 K4) where Masses were conducted before the construction of churches. The Advocate obituary mentions his musical ability so he may have led the singing during those early services at Narbonne. John might have been one of the new chums whom Mary allowed to develop the muscles to prepare them for the goldfields, and by sheer coincidence loosen the soil for the planting of Narbonne's famed orchard! ("Bulla Bulla" i.W.Symonds.)

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DON FARQUHAR, ROSEBUD, VICTORIA, UNSUNG HERO OF AUSTRALIA.

DON FARQUHAR, ROSEBUD, VICTORIA, UNSUNG HERO OF AUSTRALIA.
Don was discovered while I was researching my journal about Charles Coleman, which includes two terrific articles from trove about Don. Both illustrated his determination to overcome adversity, namely his blindness. These will be added to this journal shortly. Hatred engendered by war is a lot harder to overcome but Don Farquhar managed to do so.


Innocent schoolgirl stepped across the bitterness of war
By Denise Ryan
February 6, 2012 — 12.00am
YOKO Miyazaki didn't realise that some people opposed her visit to Australia — and that was probably a blessing.
As a 16-year-old in 1962, she applied to be Australia's first Japanese Rotary exchange student, at a time when many older Australians remained deeply upset about the events of World War II.

📷Yoko Miyazaki visiting Australia this summer. (Photo)

When Ms Miyazaki returned recently to visit her former host families and friends at Rosebud Rotary, she marvelled that she had felt so welcome as a teenager that she had not realised the extent of the furore surrounding her visit.

Her host brother, Alan Farquhar, was more aware of how some saw the exchange. "It was very controversial," he says.

The exchange came about through the dogged efforts of an unlikely advocate. Mr Farquhar's father, Don, was blinded during the war by a Japanese attack on the RAAF plane he was navigating.

Alan Farquhar recalls: "In 1961 he decided to go to one of the first international Rotary conferences held in Tokyo after the war. Many of his close friends in the RSL tried to talk him out of going."

At that event, Don Farquhar proposed a youth exchange program between the two countries. That this was proposed by a veteran with such a serious shrapnel injury inflicted by the Japanese confounded many.

Few could understand why Mr Farquhar wasn't bitter. His son recalls how his father's determination to forge links between the nations inspired others to support the program. "For the Rotarians to decide this needed to happen only 15 years out from such a hell of an event was extraordinary," Alan Farquhar says.

"And don't forget there was still a White Australia policy. Not everyone wanted it but from the moment Yoko arrived any negativity was swept away by her personality."

Don Farquhar died in 1984 but his generosity of spirit was remembered in the 1988 book Unsung Heroes & Heroines of Australia, edited by Suzy Baldwin.

Looking back, Ms Miyazaki is surprised her parents were not worried about her travelling to Australia. "It was unusual at that time. They were very open-minded."

Ms Miyazaki made many friends and the experience helped her gain work as a flight attendant for Qantas and other airlines. She later lived in Egypt before returning to Japan.

"My life became exciting and broader," she says. "My host families treated me like a daughter or sister, and I met so many people from different countries that I became more open. My father was taken aback when I came home and threw my arms around him and kissed him."

Staff and students at the then Rosebud High School were also ahead of the times in 1962, with The Mikado performed by the school in honour of their visiting exchange student. Ms Miyazaki was in the chorus.
Rosebud Secondary's focus on Japan has endured, with language learning from years 7 to 12, a sister school in Japan and regular exchanges.

Principal John Miller says students and parents were visibly moved when Rotarian David Jarman explained Don Farquhar's link to the school's Japanese language program at last year's awards ceremony. "They sat up and their jaws dropped."

Ms Miyazaki spoke to the students and presented a new Rotary scholarship to support year 10 students to study Japanese.

Rotarian Stuart McDonald, who is co-ordinating coming exchange programs, says Ms Miyazaki's experience demonstrates the power of — and the bonds formed — during international exchanges.

Applications close on March 31 for exchanges to Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Brazil, Taiwan and other countries this year.

ROTARY VIDEO OF YOKO'S 2011 VISIT

DETERMINATION.
Blind, but can still play golf
Knows the landmarks

LIKELY BIRTH RECORD FOR DONALD (based on him being 69 when he died as stated in previous information.)

Event:births Registration number 32368 / 1913
Family name:FARQUHAR Given name(s)Donald Norm Wm
Place of event: KEW, VIC, Australia
Mother's name Kate Annie, Mother's family name at birth WEIR
Father's Name: Wm Alex


TO BE CONFIRMED WITH RON COLEMAN.
Ronald Coleman Thu, May 14, 4:54 PM (7 hours ago)
to me
Hi ---. Yes, Don's wife was Joan. Enjoyed the article on Don Farquhar, he was also the first president of the group committee re the 1st Rosebud Sea Scouts.


DONALD'S MARRIAGE?

Event:marriages, Registration number 17827 / 1940
Family name:POBERTSON Given name(s)Joan Merton
Spouse's family name: FARQUHAR Spouse's given name(s)Donald Norman

Don's record seems to be missing. Just as well I searched for his marriage in 1940-1941 and not Joan Robertson's! I wonder why Don had been in New Zealand!

Embossed Satin Gown
The marriage of Joan Merton,youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.W. Robertson, Subiaco, West Australia,
and Donald N. Farquhar, Kew, formerly of New Zealand, was celebrated by Canon Roscoe Wilson, at Holy
Trinity Church.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. K. Robertson, chose a lovely gown of white embossed satin, with her tulle veil falling from a wreath of gardenias. A trail of pale blue hydrangeas fell from the prayerbook she carried.
A dinner party, was held at the Oriental Hotel after the ceremony.(P. 15, The Age, 21-12-1940.)

FARQUHAR (nee Robertson). - On July 2. at St. Omer. Camberwell, to Mr. and Mrs.Donald Farquhar-a son (Alan Donald).(Both well.) (A brother for Ian.)P.16, THE ARGUS, 3-7-1946.

FARQUHAR (nee Robertson).—On July 26,at St. George's, to Mr. and Mrs. D. Farquhar—a son (Ian Robertson). (Both well.) P.2, THE ARGUS, 27-7-1944.

MARRIAGE OF DON'S PARENTS.
FARQUHAR—WEIR.—On the 20th September, at the residence of the bride's parents, Wellington-street, Kew, by the Rev. R. Betts, William Alexander, only son of William Farquhar, of Kew, to Kate Annie, eldest daughter of Alexander Weir, of Kew.(P.55, The Australasian, 28-10-1899.)

DON FARQUHAR AND CHARLES COLEMAN SEEM TO HAVE MADE THEIR MOVE TO ROSEBUD IN ABOUT THE SAME YEAR.
Was that just coincidence or had these two, both suffering the effects of wounds suffered during flying missions in W.W.2, known each other previously? They were certainly firm friends, their two families holidaying together by mid 1951.
VACANT Dec. 4 to 18, 1949 and March 12 to 16, 1950. McCrae, beach. Res. 6 rooms, accom. 7,H.W.S,, septic tank, garage. Reply D. Farquhar. McCrae P.O. Phone Rosebud 334. (P. 34, The Age, 27-8-1949.)

SPECULATION.
Had Donald been in New Zealand prior to his engagement because of the 1930's depression which had seen many young Victorian men head for Western Australia? It is possible that he was related to the Farquhars, prominent in N.Z., which may have included Mr. F. A. Farquhar, whose New Zealand-bred Nile of Koiro was adjudged champion bull at the Royal Show of 1931 in W.A., Captain Farquhar, among New Zealand's most prominent golfers in the early 1900's and Miss Marie Farquhar, a champion swimmer in N.Z.at about the time Don moved there. He may have even been related to the Farquhars of pearling fame at Thursday Island. Just speculation, mind you.

ADDITIONAL SURNAMES LIST FOR "MEMBERS OF THE 1ST A.I.F. MENTIONED (USUALLY QUOTED) IN PETER FITZSIMONS' "VICTORY AT VILLERS-BRETONNEUX".

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE JOURNAL:
MEMBERS OF THE 1ST A.I.F. MENTIONED (USUALLY QUOTED) IN PETER FITZSIMONS' VICTORY AT VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

The surnames list under the journal has already reached capacity as indicated by Brigadier Charles Rosenthal's surname in the list having shrunken to R.(In fact it has now disappeared entirely!) SOME SURNAMES MAY HAVE DISAPPEARED COMPLETELY. IF SO THEY WILL BE ADDED HERE in bold type.
SURNAMES LIST UNDER ORIGINAL JOURNAL.
ADAMS ADCOCK AVERY BARWICK BEAN BETHUNE BISHOP BUIE CARTER CHAMPION COBBY COURTNEY DEVINE DOWNING ELLIOTT FEEZ GLASGOW GELLIBRAND GODDARD GRIMWADE HARDIE HAWKER HOBBS, IMLAY JESS JOYNT KENNEDY LAVARACKLEANE MAGEE (MALLEY???) McCONAGHY McLAGLAN MARKS MITCHELL MONASH MORSHEAD MURRAY NEED NICHOLLS NOLAN PFLAUM POTTS ROSENTHAL SIMONSON (STRAKER???) WHITEWILKINS

The details about those who are first mentioned after page 270 (who have not already been included in the original journal) will be given in this journal. DETAILS ABOUT THOSE WHOSE SURNAMES ARE LISTED ABOVE ARE IN THE ORIGINAL JOURNAL.

THOSE FIRST MENTIONED AFTER PAGE 270 IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
P.294. Sergeant Bill Brown would note: "If it hadn't been for McDougall, the enemy would have got through. He did most of the work." (This action involved the 47th Battalion at Dernancourt on 28-3-1918 and the following Bill Brown's "Unit name(was)47th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement" and he was "At VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 1st May, 1918", so I am confident that he was the Bill Brown who supported McDougall on 28 March.
2779 BROWN, William Edward Cairns, Queensland 47th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement




P. 273. The Australian 5th Division under General Talbot Hobbs.
HOBBS, Joseph John Talbot The Bungalow, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia Divisional Artillery Headquarters


P.292. Worse for McDougall's 47 Battalion........McDougall, accompanied by his mate, Sergeant James Lawrence, charges south-west etc. (It can be assumed that James Lawrence was in the 47th Battalion.)
Pages 288-294 are entitled first light, 28 MARCH 1918, DERNANCOURT WHEN MCDOUGALL TOPPED THE SCORE, and the following James Lawrence, in the 47th Battalion, won a military medal for his efforts at Dernancourt just a week later. I am confident that he was McDougall's mate.
"Military Medal
At DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT April 5th 1918. He did magnificent work in organising two platoons after the officers became casualties."

2206 LAWRENCE, James Charles Townsville, Queensland 47th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement


P.280. Captain Longmore, 44th Battalion on his men: They could be led easily, but the officer who tried to drive them died of exhaustion.
'Eggs-A-Cook!' The Story of the Forty-Fourth. War - as the ...
https://www.treloars.com/pages/books/105052/44th-battalion-captain...

[44th Battalion]. LONGMORE, Captain Cyril 'Eggs-A-Cook!' The Story of the Forty-Fourth. War - as the Digger Saw It ['as the Digger Fought It' (cover subtitle)]
LONGMORE, Cyril 21 Ada Street, Sth Fremantle, Western Australia 44th Battalion Machine Gun Section


P.325. ...the 34th's Colonel Ernest Martin, etc.
MARTIN, Ernest Edward Mudgee, New South Wales 34th Battalion, Headquarters



P.325. ... battalion commanders of the 9th Brigade..., the 36th's Colonel John Milne, etc.
P. 484.Theshellhas scored a direct hit on 36th Battalion headquarters. Colonel Milne lies dead...
"For coolness, gallantry, ability and consideration, the colonel could not be excelled."(39)
MILNE, John Alex Burnet Street, Bundaberg, Queensland 9th Battalion, E Company
MILNE, John Alexander Bundaberg, Queensland 41st Battalion, Headquarters


P.289. Lieutenant George Reid, one of the two officers of the 47th Battalion checking that all sentries are in place etc.
None of the 46 named GEORGE REIDis specified as being in the 47th Battalion. Some are chaplains or medics and can be eliminated but the rest will have to be checked regarding their rank by 28 March 1918.


P.285. Private Eric Russell and his 58th Battalion are not so lucky."On our journey down," he later recalled to his mother etc.
3443 RUSSELL, Eric Caulfield, Victoria 58th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement



P.274. This is certainly the view of a runner in the 5th Division's 14th Brigade, Edmund Street.
1570 STREET, Edmund Harrington Woodlawn, Dowell Street, Chatswood, New South Wales 6th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
Bear Grills thrives on challenges but I don't think he would be very keen to try the type of running that won Edmund a Military Medal!


P.287. On the left of the 47th Battalion's sector, Captain Charles Symons, the commanding officer of D Company etc.
2256 SYMONS, Charles Willie Mackay, Queensland 47th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement


P.341. Captain William Uren of the 3rd Division.
UREN, William South Townsville, Queensland 41st Battalion, B Company

P.307. .... an Australian patrol of the 42nd Battalion- Queenslanders all under Sergeant Alston Wheeldon- creeps closer to the village of Sailly-Laurette.....
501 WHEELDON, Alston Lyle Oakey, Queensland 42nd Battalion, B Company

THOSE MENTIONED AFTER P.334 WHOSE SURNAMES ARE NOT IN THE SURNAME LIST.
335. COLONEL ERNEST MARTIN.
MARTIN, Ernest Edward Mudgee, New South Wales 34th Battalion, Headquarters


338. CAPT. GILBERT COGHILL.
COGHILL, Gilbert Gordon 'Evelyn ', Bunnerong Road, Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales 35th Battalion, A Company


350. CAPT. BOB SALMON, staff officer with Pompey Elliott.
He says that he had command of the brigade (of which Brigadier-General H.E. Elliott, C.M.G.,D.S.O., is in charge) for a period, and the Brigadier's staff captain was Captain Robert Salmon, a son of the late Dr.H.R.*Salmon,of Ballarat.
See A TOMMY YARNabout Robert being called Bob from before the Gallipoli landing.
*Captain Robert Arthur Salmon's birth record.
SALMON Robt Arth, Birth, mother: Alice Jane nee WALTER, father: Hy Robt
BALLT E, 1892, 818/1892

195 SALMON, Robert Arthur Avoca Street, South Yarra, Victoria 2nd Field Company Engineers




352 PRIVATE SYDNEY YOUNG OF 36TH BATT.
1433 YOUNG, Sydney Bond Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, Headquarters


358. CAPT.ALEXANDER ELLIS OF 5TH DIV'S 29TH BATT.
Possibly- ELLIS, Alexander Donald 'Basonas', Cross Street, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria 31st Battalion, D Company



363. PRIVATE ALFIE HOLTON 36TH DIV.
101 HOLTON, Alfred Edward 155 Underwood Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, A Company



363. PRIVATE REGGIE DILLEY 36TH DIV.
3417 DILLEY, Reginald West Maitland, New South Wales 36th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement



364. CORP. TOMMY POLSON, JOHN HARDIE'S MATE, killed by shell which crashes through the roof of a building in Villers-Bretonneux in which several Aussies are being billeted overnight. The 33rd Battalion had been ordered forward to help the 35th with the digging of trenches late on the evening of 2 April 1918. (P.361)
516 POLSON, Thomas Uralla, New South Wales 33rd Battalion, B Company


PHOTOS BETWEEN P.364 AND 365.
PRIVATE A.G. TOWNSEND OF 46TH BATT.
3217 TOWNSEND, Arthur George Perth, Western Australia 46th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement


SERGEANT W.JOYCE? Probably 2077 JOYCE, William Charles GPO Westdale, New South Wales 33rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement


DRIVER SIMISTER? The only Simister listed in the Anzac Project.
15545 SIMISTER, George Guildford, New South Wales September 1916 Reinforcements

SERGEANT STANLEY ROBERT MCDOUGALL for whom details have already been given.


367. PRIVATE STANLEY SUTCLIFFE OF 51ST BATT.
3470 SUTCLIFFE, Stanley Tenth Street, Harvey, Western Australia 11th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement


370. MAJOR HENRY CARR, CIVIL SERVANT FROM PARRAMATTA.
CARR, Henry Vince Albany, Robinson Street, Croyden, New South Wales 35th Battalion, C Company
The service record makes no mention of his promotion to major so I did a google search and found:
Donations and Contributions – Page 6 – The Harrower Collection
https://harrowercollection.com.au/category/donations-and-contributions/page/6

Henry Vince CARR was a married 33 year old Civil-Servant from Croydon in NSW when he applied for a Commission in the AIF. He had been serving as an Officer in the Australian Military Forces since October of 1908 and had held the rank of Major in the 17th Infantry since March 1916. He was granted a Commission in the AIF on the 16th of March 1916.

AN EXAMINATION OF THE EXTENSIVE HARROWER CONTRIBUTION revealed that the service record is correct. His commission on 16-3-1916 (as above) was as a captain, which rank he retained, probably because he countermanded a suicidal order issued by senior officers who had no idea of the situation on the front line. However Peter FitzSimons can be forgiven for assuming that he was a Major in 1918, as he had been before his enlistment.


370. CAPT. HUGH CONNELL FROM 35TH BATT. H.Q.
CONNELL, Hugh John Gosford Road, Hamilton West, New South Wales 35th Battalion, C Company


371 CAPT RALEIGH SAYERS OF D COMPANY.
SAYERS, Raleigh Merlin Street, North Sydney, New South Wales 35th Battalion, D Company



372 CAPT. FRANCIS FAIRWEATHER OF 10TH BRIGADE.
FAIRWEATHER, Francis Edward 15 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, Victoria 38th Battalion, A Company


387. CAPT. HAROLD FERRES,(of the 58th?) guarding the bridge at Vaire, a mile north-west of Hamel.
FERRES, Harold Dunstan George Toora, South Gippsland, Victoria 5th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement


388. CAPT.HERBERT LAYH OF ELLIOTT'S H.Q. TOLD TO TAKE 59TH AND 60TH BRIGADES TO HOLD HILL 104.
LAYH, Herbert Thomas Christoph 85 Munro Street, Coburg, Victoria 7th Battalion, B Company



395. LIEUT. ALFRED FELL (34TH BATT.?)
64 FELL, Alfred James Watsons Bay, New South Wales 34th Battalion, A Company


396. MAJOR LEROY FRY (34TH BATT.?)
FRY, Walter Arnald Le Roy Strathfield, New South Wales 34th Battalion, A Company

400.Lt.Wynter Wallace Warden 35th Batt.
WARDEN, Wynter Wallace Milton, New South Wales 35th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement

400.Capt.Hawkins. Probably, due to service on Western Front and being the only one of three with no regimental number to hold the rank of Captain:
HAWKINS, Stanley William 35 Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill, Victoria 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Headquarters

402. Robert Austen Goldrick, 36th Batt.
GOLDRICK, Robert Austin Coast Hospital, Little Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, B Company
EXTRACT:"Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) *Spelt Robert Austen Goldrick on NR"

410. Capt.John Bushelle, Paddington, commander A.Company under Col. Milne in 36th. Batt.
(Not able to find a service record, I discovered that I'd wrongly written his surname as Buchelle.)
Informal portrait of Lieutenant John Edward Wallace ...
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1001342
Informal portrait of Lieutenant John Edward Wallace Bushelle, 36th Battalion, Officer Commanding (OC) troops aboard the transport ship SS Marathon, during the voyage from Australia to England. He is holding a riding crop. Later promoted to Captain, he was killed in action on 6 April 1918 and was posthumously awarded a Military Cross. He is buried in Blangy-Tronville Communal Cemetery, Somme ..

BUSHELLE, John Edward Sydney, New South Wales (36th?) Battalion, D Company


410. Major Brent Rodd, 39 y.o from Nth.Sydney, commander B. Co. under Milne. ditto
RODD, Brent Burnell 8 Terrace Street, Newcastle, New South Wales 35th Battalion, D Company

410. Tedder (not in index), commander C Co. under Milne.ditto
Possibly Oscar James O'Neill TEDDER,executor,(son?), of Colonel JAMES GEORGE TEDDER,whose service record gives his occupation as Lieutenant and no further detail after his embarkation (see why below*), or more likely*the Colonel himself who fought in three wars.
TEDDER, Oscar James O'Neill Glenora, Kingston Road, Kingston, New South Wales 2nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
TEDDER, James George Phillip Street, Belmore, New South Wales Divisional Train, No 3 Company

*FROM THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE COLONEL: Oscar James Tedder – Captain
Born 1887 and enlisted in 1914 returning to Australia on 20 October 1918. He served at Gallipoli, re-taking Lone Pine and later joining the Flying Corps in Europe.

431. Brigade Major Thomas Louch, 12th Brigade.
923 LOUCH, Thomas Steane The Rectory, Albany, Western Australia 11th Battalion, H Company

432. Tasmanian, Col.John Whitham's 52nd Batt.
WHITHAM, John Lawrence Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Victoria 12th Battalion, D Company
John is in the same photo as Captain ALEXANDER Fraser below.

433.Capt. Albert (sic, ALEXANDER) Fraser, 52nd Batt.
None of the 13 service records for FRASER with a given name of ALBERT seem to match.
A google search produced the right man in a Wikipedia article but no given name.
The photo of the officers of the 52nd Battalion names him as Capt Alexander Fraser MC. This is the most likely service record.
FRASER, Alexander Hugh Forestville, South Australia 12th Battalion, E Company

439. Private Eddie Lynch, 21 y.o. from Bourke of 45th Batt (says 48th Batt. on page 448.)
2207 LYNCH, Edward Francis Perthville, New South Wales 45th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement


439. Lt. Charles Aherne, (in the front line WITH the 16 Batt.)
There was only one Charles Aherne on the Anzac Project, Frederick Charles Aherne, but as he was said to have "Returned to Australia 31 August 1916" only nine months after he enlisted, with no further details, it was hard to confirm that he was on the Western Front in 1918, even though he was in the 52nd Battalion on the Nominal Roll. Frederick Charles Aherne died in 1948 AS DID HARRY ERNEST AHERNE (A CORPORAL IN THE 52ND BATTALION WHO "Returned to Australia 22 February 1917" AND DIED ON 18 March 1948. I believe the date of Frederick Charles Aherne's return to Australia is wrong. His wedding notice* shows that he would have been known by his comrades as CHARLES.As his siblings were the only other AHERNES listed in the Anzac Project (SEE BELOW), I must assume that he was the Lieutnant mentioned on page 439.
FUNERAL NOTICES
AHERNE.-Friends of the late Mr Frederick Charles Aherne are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will move from his late residence, 16 Thomas St., North Hobart, on Wednesday (This Day), at 2.15 pm, for Cornelian Bay Cemetery.

HOBART SUB-BRANCH, RSSAILA.
Members of the above and 12th and 52nd Battalion Associations are invited to attend the funeral of their late comrade, Frederick Charles Aherne, 12th and 52nd Battalion, AIF, which will arrive at Cornelian Bay Cemetery, This Day (Wednesday), at 2.30 pm, E. W. LACY, Secretary.(P.8, The Mercury, 7-4-1948.)

*AHERNE-WOODRUFF.— On July 22, at Hobart, Charles Frederick Aherne,- son (of) James and Helena Louisa Aherne, of Hobart, to Ethel Amelia Woodruff, daughter of Alfred and Emily Woodruff, late of New Norfolk now of Hobart. (The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas.) Tuesday 15 September 1903 p 2)

Immediate Family of Charles Frederick Aherne
Birthdate: October 06, 1882
Birthplace: Hobart, TAS, Australia
Death: April 1948 (65)
Hobart, TAS, Australia

Helen Louisa Grant,mother; James Ahern, father; Arthur Leslie James Aherne,brother; Harry Ernest Aherne,brother; Reginald Percy Aherne, brother; James Harold Ahern, brother; Helen Maud Mary Aherne, sister; Evelyn Lucy Aherne,sister; Cecil Roy Aherne, brother.

AHERNE RESULTS ON THE ANZAC PROJECT.
4440 AHERNE, Frederick Charles (as in the link below);
2676 AHERNE, Harry Ernest 282 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 12th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
1637 AHERNE, Reginald Percy 282 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 15th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
1942 AHERNE, Roy Cecil 282 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania Field Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 9

4440 AHERNE, Frederick Charles 5 Bernard Street, North Hobart, Tasmania 12th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement




440. Capt. Daniel Aarons (16th Batt?)
AARONS, Daniel Sidney Vacuum Oil Co., Fremantle, Western Australia 16th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement


444. Lance-Corporal William James Connaughton and his trusty Lewis gun stall a German advance.(48th Batt?)
4776 CONNAUGHTON, William James Lion Mill, Western Australia 16th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement


456. Capt. Clarence Wallach, B.Company, 19th Batt.
706 WALLACH, Clarence Pinkivil Street, Bondi, New South Wales 19th Battalion, B Company


456. Lt, Percy Storkey, Kiwi native who joined A.I.F. days after the Gallipoli landing was reported.
STORKEY, Percy Valentine University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 19th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement

484.Major John McDowell is wounded and blinded.
His sight may have improved because he was an industrian officer during the construction of Canberra later on but his wounding was reported less than a month later.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 9 May 1918 p 8 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... . WOUNDED. Major JOHN AMBROSE McDOWELL, Katoomba.
McDOWELL, John Ambrose Mostyn Hamilton Street, Coogee, New South Wales 18th Battalion, B Company


484. Digger, Sydney Young's poem about the death of Colonel Milne and two of his staff.Probably:
1433 YOUNG, Sydney Bond Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, Headquarters


487. A platoon from A.I.F.'s 8th Batt.led by Lt. Ivan (Ivon) Murdoch, younger brother of Keith,is dug in just east of Hazelbrouck Forest.
3184 MURDOCH, Ivon George Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria 24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
EXTRACT: "Next of kin Father, Patrick J Murdoch, The Manse, Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria"
KEITH MURDOCH-WIKIPEDIA
EXTRACT: "Parent(s) Patrick John Murdoch, Annie Brown. Relatives...Ivon Murdoch (brother)......."



488. Corp.Percival Turvey of 3rd Batt., 1st Brigade, a 26 y.o. Gallipoli vet. and son of the publican of Wagga Wagga's Bridge Hotel, moves forward to a small rise.
2693 TURVEY, Percival Rylstone, New South Wales 3rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement


493. Jackie Hayes (1st Batt, 1st Brigade?) takes his seriously wounded mate,Archie Barwick, to an regimental aid post.
948 HAYES, Jack Charles 24 Margaret Street, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 1st Battalion, H Company


495. 2nd Lt. Tom Richards, 1st Battalion, vet. of Gallipoli, who played rugby for both the Wallabies and British Lions between 1908 and 1912 is capable and calm amidst widespread panic.
Wallaby Warrior: Australia, British Lions hero Tom ...
https://www.espn.com/rugby/story/_/id/15328523/australia-british-lions...

Thomas James Richards wrote one of the most amazing rugby stories in history, the New South Welshman being the only Australian-born player in history to play for Australia and the British...
RICHARDS, Thomas James
TOM RICHARDS OBITUARY in 1935.
THOMAS JAMES RICHARDS BIOGRAPHY which indicates that there is another service record for Tom.
25 RICHARDS, Thomas James * 11 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 1st Field Ambulance, A Squadron


496. Private Norman Gill, Tom Richard's close friend is shot in the head and killed and is buried by Tom after nightfall.
None of the four service records found with a GILL, Norman search indicates a death on about 17 April 1918.
Frederick Norman Gill, whose record was not one of those four, and found with a google search, died from pneumonia in 1916.


496. Private Alfred Lucas, Tom Richards' batman, is killed shortly after Norman Gill was shot.
No service record was found with a date of death on about 17 April 1918.


500. Sapper, Henry William Dadswell describes the effect of gas.
6868 DADSWELL, Henry William Warrak P.O., via Ararat, Victoria 2nd Divisional Signal Company, 10th Reinforcement

506. Col. John Scanlan of 59th Batt.and his 600 men holding a key spot near Bois L'Abbe when a platoon of 40 British trench diggers is sent to relieve them.
JOHN SCANLAN, 59th BATT.-WIKIPEDIA
Two service records:
SCANLAN, John Joseph 270 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria 7th Battalion, D Company
SCANLAN, John Joseph * Middle Park, Victoria 57th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement


507. General (Talbot in index) Hobbs, commanding officer of 5th division.
HOBBS, Joseph John Talbot The Bungalow, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia Divisional Artillery Headquarters


519. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING, APART FROM GUNNER FRANK WORMALD (A WITNESS), MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SHOOTING DOWN OF THE RED BARON'S PLANE.
GUNNER ROBERT BUIE, oyster farmer from Brooklyn (Brookland in service record), north of Sydney, Lewis gun.
SERGEANT CEDRIC POPKIN of Aust. 24th Gun Company, Vickers machine gun;
PRIVATE RUPERT WESTON, Vickers;
GUNNER "SNOWY" EVANS, Lewis.

3801 Buie, Robert Maclean, New South Wales 1st Pioneer Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
424 POPKIN, Cedric Bassett Palmwood, North Coast Line, Queensland Machine Gun Company 7, Reinforcement 6*
600 WESTON, Rupert Falkiner Randwick, New South Wales Machine Gun Company 9, Reinforcement 9

*Detailed article about Cedric with his photo.

The service record and Wikipedia entry match for SNOWY.
Snowy Evans - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_Evans
Willy John "Snowy" Evans (c.  1891 –1925) was a Lewis machine gunner in the Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) during World War I. (Also see Wormald's account below, crediting both Buie and Evans with hitting the plane.)
598 EVANS, William John Hughenden, Queensland 5th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron


520.GUNNER FRANK WORMAND confirmed that Buie had hit the plane and plainly saw the Red Baron's reaction.
3530 WORMALD, Francis Cudgee, Victoria 8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
WORMALD WAS BUIE'S NEPHEW.



521. Lt. ALEC. S. PATERSON, observer in Aust. reconnaissance plane.
8431 PATERSON, Alex Stewart South Terrace, East Adelaide, South Australia Field Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
EXTRACT. Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll Australian Flying Corps



523. Corp. Noel Keating of 13 Batt.
7575 KEATING, Noel Michael Centennial Park, New South Wales 13th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement




526.Major David Blake, commanding officer of Aust. Flying Corps No. 3 Squadron, organised the full military funeral for the Red Baron.
David Valentine Jardine Blake
Born 10 November 1887
Parramatta, New South Wales
Died 6 March 1965 (aged 77)[1]
Newtown, New South Wales
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1911–1947
Rank Major General
Commands held 7th Military District (1941–42)
Australian Flying Corps Training Depot (1919)
No. 3 Squadron AFC (1916–18)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War

Bombing of Darwin

Awards Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Distinguished Service Medal (United States)

BLAKE, David Valentine Jardine Victoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales Australian Flying Corps, No 1 Squadron, Headquarters


526. Corporal Mechanic, Joe Porter of No.3 Squadron, put his own boots on the dead pilot, who wouldn't need his own (which ended up in Morningside, Brisbane.)
THE RED BARON'S BOOTS
THE RED BARON'S BOOT
On page 675, it is stated that Joe had felt guilty about the boots "as detailed in the Independent of Deniliquin of New South Wales, 6 April 1934." The article, on page 4, has been found. See below. It gives Joe's name as A.J.Porter.
RICHTOFEN
JOE MUST HAVE BEEN HIS NICKNAME! No wonder I hadn't found his service record.
735 PORTER, Aubrey James * Brixton Villa, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland Australian Flying Corps, No 2 Squadron, C Flight
Joe (Aubrey James) died in May 1944. ( The Telegraph,Brisbane,Thu 11 May 1944,Page 6)



535.Corp. Herbert Harris of 55th Batt., once a lift operator at Grace Bros. Department Store indicated that
wearing masks did not provide complete protection against gas which lingered for about 2 hours.
3077 HARRIS, Herbert Henry 183 Walker Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales 17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
EXTRACTS:Occupation-Lift controller, Rank from Nominal Roll-Corporal, Unit from Nominal Roll-55th Battalion



565.Captain Billy Harburn, 24 y.o. bank clerk and newly promoted Lt. Cliff Sadlier of C. Company of the 51st Batt. provided calm, capable leadership to the younger, inexperienced members of the company.
"BILLY"- 961 HARBURN, Roy National Bank, Kellerberrin, Western Australia 11th Battalion, D Company.
Roy and his brother, Jack, the only two Harburns listed, started in the 11th Battalion and had moved to the 51st before Jack died in August 1916.

CLIFF, (Victoria Cross.) 2858 SADLIER, Clifford William King Subiaco, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement


571 Private Walter Kennedy witnessed the world's first battle between two tanks.
In the original journal I had provided my best guess regarding the correct service record based on flimsy evidence in the narrative, the index, the footnote and the many service records, on the basis that mortars might have been used against the German tank. I have just found the CORRECT service record due to Walter Kennedy's full name being provided in the book's bibliography.
COPIED FROM THE FIRST JOURNAL.
P.234. Private Walter Kennedy. Based on page 571 detail:
3069 KENNEDY, Walter Bede Oakhampton Road, West Maitland, New South Wales 4th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
However, the above is being amended based on the footnote provided for his comment and then the discovery of the following on page 749 of the book under DIARIES, LETTERS, PAPERS AND REPORTS.
Kennedy, Walter Scott, Private Record, Memoir (handwritten and transcribed), 'From Anzac Cove to Villers-Bretonneux: The Story of a Soldier in the Fifteenth Battalion 1st A.I.F. (Dedicated to Alf Stein Killed at Gallipoli, 2 May 1915'), AWM, PR02032, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/PR02032/


It's a pity that the second given name was not provided in the index.
1204 KENNEDY, Walter Scott 87 Jersey Road, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales 15th Battalion, H Company


574 Colonel Robert Christie, commander of W.A.'s 51st Batt.,a mere private at Gallipoli three years earlier.
The Colonel was born in Maryborough, Queensland in 1883.
The following service record is in agreement with the above biography except for the date of birth, given as 24 August 1890in the service record.
662 CHRISTIE, Robert Targo Street, Bundaberg, Queensland 5th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters



586. Col. John Peck, one of Gen. Hobbs' 5th Div. staff officers.
John Henry Peck biography
PECK, John Henry Headquarters, 5th Military District, Perth, Western Australia 11th Battalion, Headquarters


598.18 y.o. Bertie Denman, a mill hand from Perth about to undergo a baptism of fire and vets such as Cecil Burt and Reg Helyar, country boys from Solomontown S.A. and Nanup, W.A.
BERTIE.3735 DENMAN, Albert Edwards 69 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement

CECIL. 22 BURT, Cecil Elijah Roy Solomontown, South Australia 3rd Divisional Cyclist Company

REG.4525 HELYAR, Reginald Nannup, Western Australia 11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement

599. Col. Norman Marshall, C.O. of 60th Batt., 15th Brig., one time welterweight boxing champ of Victoria.
BIOGRAPHY
562 MARSHALL, Norman Pemenria, Avondale Road, Armadale, Victoria 5th Battalion, F Company


601-3. 13th Batt. Sgt. Charlie Stokessuggests to Lt. Sadlier, most of whose platoon has been shot with machine guns from the woods, that they do the job that was supposed to have been done by the Brits and with the assistance of some unnamed privates and Bombers,Wilfred GuthrieandJohn Collins, (good mates who'd met aboard HMAT Aeneas when the sailed out of Fremantle in April 1916 as part of the 2nd reinforcements for 51st Batt.) this small band took out all the machine gun nests, allowing the 13th Brigade to advance without being wiped out as Sadlier's platoon had been.
CHARLIE:2253 STOKES, Charles Albert 193 York Street, Subiaco, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement

WILFRED:1656 GUTHRIE, Wilfred George Perth, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement Embarkation details as for John.

JOHN:1638 COLLINS, John Augustine 'St Clair', Ainslie Road, North Fremantle, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
EXTRACT:Embarkation details Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916


605.While the 15th Brig. waits on Colonel Marshall's order for another battalion to arrive, Edward Need and Ted Wiley patrol ahead of the start line to detect any hidden German presence.
2010 WYLIE, Edward William North Melbourne, Victoria 46th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement


607.Captain Robert Forsyth, a doctor from Melbourne and medical officer for the 52nd Batt.set up an advanced aid post in the Cachy Switch.
FORSYTH, Robert Leslie Surrey Hills, Victoria Medical Officers



611.(13th Brigade)Lieutenant Rogers. Not enough evidence to identify the right service record from about 400 possibilities.



619. Major William Craies, who has come up with the reserve company of 52nd Batt., reaches a decision.
A BRAVE QUEENSLANDER
CRAIES, William Alexander Townsville, Queensland 52nd Battalion 9th Reinforcement Also:
CRAIES, William Alexander Alexandra Street, North Ward, Townsville, Queensland 25th Battalion B Company


621 Colonel John McArthur, 29th Batt. (British? No Aussie!)
BIOGRAPHY
McARTHUR, John 2 Howe Crescent, South Melbourne, Victoria 29th Battalion, Headquarters Staff


625. Lt.Alison O'Brien 59th Batt.
O'BRIEN, Alison Stewart Melbourne, Victoria 59th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement Also:
323 O'BRIEN, Alison Stewart 171 Burke Road, Camberwell, Victoria 4th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron


631. Sgt. John Naylor of the 59th Batt. No service record can be identified from the 18 possible results.
As far as my weary mind can remember, none of these mention 59th battalion or a sergeant.


635. Private Len Doody (15th Brigade?)
2529 DOODY, Leonard Boundary Street, Kerang, Victoria 59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement



645. Lt. Dave Fair running about on top from one post to another with orders and handing out rum in big doses, heedless of shells...
Possibly 3575 FAIR, David Fryers Street, Shepparton, Victoria 7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement because the other David Fair was recorded as "Wounded in action (gas shell), 17 April 1918; rejoined unit, 14 July 1918" thus missing the Anzac Day action if he had been near Villers-Bretonneux. No Dave Fair was listed.



646. Lt.James Falconer, one of the 57th Battalion's finest officers....
29 FALCONER, James Allan Nairnville, Barkly Avenue, Malvern, Victoria 5th Battalion, A Company
EXTRACT: Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll 57th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 13 March 1918

Fate Killed in Action 25 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records 23



647. The Diggers are dominating, in no small part due to Lewis gunner, Corporal Water Patten.
There are only two men with this name and one of them could not have been securing VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on Anzac Day 1918 because, although his rank was GUNNER, his "Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Feldmarschall on 19 June 1918".
This one, a corporal, was in the 57th Battalion, as was James Falconer, and they held the bridge together with their men.
3914 PATTEN, Walter State Savings Bank, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 23rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement



648. Col John McColl of the 5th Div. HQ staff.
Probably Lt.-Col. John Thomas McColl* who may have been British as he is not listed on the Anzac Project.
*Papers relating to Joseph John Talbot Hobbs, September ...
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C2628796
Battle Instructions, Series 'E', No. 6 by Lieutenant-Colonel J.T. [John Thomas] McColl, 25 September 1918 [diagram for 'Areas of Assembly for Y/Z Night' attached]; Battle Instructions, Series 'E', No. 7 by Lieutenant-Colonel J.T. [John Thomas] McColl, 25 September 1918


652. General Grogan of the 23rd Brigade.
George Grogan, British VC winner-Wikipedia.



EPILOGUE.
All those mentioned have aleady been detailed.
675. The piece about Joe Porter claims that he returned the boots to the Baroness, who "gratefully received him and her late son's "high-topped boots" (39) The footnotes for the chapter only go to 38!

FINIS.

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MEMBERS OF THE 1ST A.I.F. MENTIONED (USUALLY QUOTED) IN PETER FITZSIMONS' "VICTORY AT VILLERS-BRETONNEUX".

I'm not a great fan of books, especially documentaries, about war but FitzSimons has amazed me as he did with his Mutiny on the Bounty. His historical novels are better documented than most histories and the way he incorporates quotations (found by his researchers) from real historical characters' letters, diaries etc. into his narrative, really brings the story to life. Descendants of those diggers are probably unaware that members of their families have been mentioned in the book (something to boast about in a family history!)so my aim is to list those mentioned (in most cases quoted)and find their service record. Having done that, I will list all references to that person in the index.
(N.B. Post-War in the index seems to indicate a brief biography of half a page or more.)

Many of the more prominent members of the 1st A.I.F., MENTIONED AND QUOTED EXTENSIVELY IN THE BOOK, are recalled by place and street names in Melbourne. Melbourne's second university was named after Sir John Monash and the road through Royal Park past the zoo was named after Pompey Elliott. Two estates which recall places and people involved in W.W.1 are the Ascot Housing Estate across Epsom Rd from the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, formerly John Wren's Ascot Racecourse, and the Victory Estate across Langs Rd from the showgrounds.)

Wikipedia was needed in some cases to determine whether senior officers mentioned were in the Australian army (or as in the cases of Sir Walter Congreve and General Rawlinson, the British army.)

A SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY (including one red herring re Lieutenant Potts.)
Group portrait of officers of the 48th Battalion. From left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) Geoffrey Paul Leane MC; Lt Robert Scott Rafferty MM; Lt Reginald Charles Bleechmore; Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Charles William Stoerkel MC and Bar; Lt George Dean Mitchell MC DCM; Lt Joseph Arthur Bingley; Lt Edward Gordon Holton; Lt (later Captain) Harry Downes MC MM; Lt Angus Salier Ferguson French Croix de Guerre (killed in action 3 May 1918); Lt Archibald Robert Allen; Lt Wallace Douglas Pritchard; Lt (later Captain) Robert Eldred Potts*. Middle row: Lt Alfred Percy Ford MM; Lt Arthur John Gelston MC; Lt Leslie St.John Brown; Lt Hurtle John Burnett MC; Lt Alfred Henry Lawrence; Lt Douglas Harold Clarke; Lt Henry William James; Lt William Bosward Carr MC DCM; Captain (Capt) Gordon Augustus Pavy; Lt Richard Nicholas Fletcher; Lt John Whittle (killed in action 29 March 1918); Capt Norman George Imlay MC; Lt Percy Ernest Nimmo. Front row: Lt Leslie George Challen MC; Capt Thomas Hampton Elliot (killed in action 28 March 1918); Capt Frederick Anderson MC; Major Alban George Moyes MC; Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel) Raymond Lionel Leane CMG DSO MC; Capt David Austral Twining MC MM French Croix de Guerre; Lt Lavington Lewis Carter MC; Capt Derwas Goring Charles Cumming MC and Bar (killed in action 3 may 1918) Capt Vernon Carlisle Brown MC and bar (Medical Officer); Capt John Cyril Flood (Chaplain).

(*Roy Edred Potts. Thank you to Professor Peter Dennis.
You shouldn't believe everything you read in popular war books or indeed what is on the various War Memorial sites.

Your man's name was Roy Edred POTTS MC & Bar. He is on the AIF Project database at https://aif.adfa.edu.au/aif/showPerson?pid=244234. His service file on the National Archives website is at https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8021367.

Peter Dennis, AM
Emeritus Professor of History
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
The University of New South Wales, Canberra


THOSE MENTIONED IN THE BOOK.
(Listed alphabetically by surnames):
P.100. LIEUTENANT ALBERT ADAMS (PILOT.)
515ADAMS, Albert Ward 34 Black Street, Middle Brighton, Victoria, Australian Flying Corps, No 2 Squadron, Head-Quarters;
LISTED TWICE, ALSO:515 ADAMS, Albert Ward, *34 Black Street, Middle Brighton, Victoria, Australian Flying Corps, No 2 Squadron, Head-Quarters

Major Garnet Adcock, a 23 year old mining engineer from Geelong, of the 2nd Australian Tunneling Company,
ADCOCK, Garnet Ingamells, Rutherglen, Victoria, No 4 Tunnelling Company and 1st Reinforcements (May 1916)
P.25, 193, 207.

Corporal Louis Avery, now in training with his 3rd Field Company,
55, AVERY, Louis Willyama, c/o Silverton Tramway, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 3rd Field Company Engineers, Headquarters, Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4
P.33, 38.


ARCHIE BARWICK CLUES. Index-Sergeant P.8 Late January, 1917,Sergeant Archie Barwick, a 27 year old farmer originally from the Tassie sticks.P.492 Talking to cousin, Bill, and hears shelling.Hurrying to his mates of the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division dug in around Strazeele, the country boy from Tassie reaches his men, held in reserve, and on 23 April, 1918, orders themto get down into the sunken road for safety. P.493.Archie suffers a large gash, exposing several ribs, a "Blighty", a wound bad enough to require treatment in England.
29 Barwicks Among the 29 Barwicks, there was one Archie and one Archibald, both from N.S.W. Archibald was "Killed in Action 8 October 1917" so he was not the sergeant who issued the order on 23-4-1918.
914 BARWICK, Archie Albert,Surveyors Creek, Walch Road, New England, New South Wales, 1st Battalion, H Company,however was originally from Tasmania, having been born in Hobart, was in the 1st Battalion, having enlisted and embarked (aged 24) in 1914, which would have made him 27 by late January 1917. He was injured on 23-4-1918 and "Returned to Australia 3 December 1918" so they obviously were not able to patch him up for continued service.
INDEX-P.8,55,106,191,219-20,351,453,460,477,479-80,482,485-6,492-3.
ARCHIE'S COUSIN, BILL, may have been 6547,BARWICK, William, Claremont, Tasmania,12th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement, the only one of the 29 Barwicks with William as a given name.

CAPTAIN CHARLES BEAN-WAR CORRESPONDENT.
Captain Charles Edwin Woodrow (C E W) BeanRanks Held Captain, Press Representative
Birth Date 18 November 1879
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Bathurst
Death Date 30 August 1968
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Concord
Final Rank Captain
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units

Staff
Australian Imperial Force

Places

Bathurst
Concord

Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Worth Family Papers - Papers of Joan Worth in
Published in London Gazette in 1916-07-13
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-11-30
Description

Charles Bean is perhaps best remembered for the official histories of Australia in the First World War, of which he wrote six volumes and edited the remainder. Before this, however, he was Australia's official correspondent to the war. He was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Australian War Memorial. Bean was born on 18 November 1879 at Bathurst, New South Wales and his family moved to England when he was ten. He completed his education there, eventually studying classics and law at Oxford.

Bean returned to Australia in 1904 and was admitted to the New South Wales Bar. He travelled widely in New South Wales as a barrister's assistant and, struck by the outback way of life, wrote and illustrated a book, The impressions of a new chum. The book was never published but in mid-1907 much of its content appeared in a series of Sydney Morning Herald articles under the by-line 'CW'. In these articles Bean introduced a view of Australia, particularly its men, which foreshadowed much of what he would write about the AIF.

Having dabbled in journalism, Bean joined the Sydney Morning Herald as a junior reporter in January 1908. He published several books before being posted to London in 1910. In 1913 he returned to Sydney as the Herald's leader writer. When the First World War began, Bean won an Australian Journalists Association ballot and became official correspondent to the AIF. He accompanied the first convoy to Egypt, landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and began to make his name as a tireless, thorough and brave correspondent. He was wounded in August but remained on Gallipoli for most of the campaign, leaving just a few days before the last troops.

He then reported on the Australians on the Western Front where his admiration of the AIF crystallised into a desire to memorialise their sacrifice and achievements. In addition to his journalism, Bean filled hundreds of diaries and notebooks, all with a view to writing a history of the AIF when the war ended. In early 1919 he led a historical mission to Gallipoli before returning to Australia and beginning work on the official history series that would consume the next two decades of his life.

Along with his written work, Bean worked tirelessly on creating the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. He was present when the building opened on 11 November 1941 and became Chairman of the Memorial's board in 1952. He maintained a close association with the institution for the rest of his life.

During the Second World War, Bean liaised between the Chiefs of Staff and the press for the Department of Information. He became Chairman of the Commonwealth Archives Committee and was instrumental in creating the Commonwealth Archives. Between 1947 and 1958 he was Chairman of the Promotion Appeals Board of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and continued to write - a history of Australia's independent schools and finally a book on two senior AIF figures, Two men I knew.

Bean received a number of honorary degrees and declined a knighthood. He had married Ethel Young in 1921 and the couple adopted a daughter. Bean, one of the most admired Australians of his generation, died after a long illness in Concord Repatriation Hospital in 1968.

P. 94. MARCH 1918. LIEUTENANT FRANK (F.P.) BETHUNE, one-time parson, now officer from Tasmania.
BETHUNE, Frank Pogson,Lindisfarne, Tasmania 12th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement


P. 89. PRIVATE BERT BISHOP,55th Battalion. 7 March, 1918. Almost impossible to ascertain the service record as no Albert or Herbert was described as being in the 55th Battalion.


P.225. 42nd Battalion soldier, Private Vivian Brahms.
1879 BRAHMS, Vivian Valley, Brisbane, Queensland 47th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement


P.209. As ever, when the best of the best is required, he (Gen. Maclaglan) is inclined to go to his 4th Brigade, under the command of Brigadier Charles Brand- a Boer War and Gallipoli veteran from* Queensland, so trusted and liked by his troops that they have given him the ultimate accolade, the nickname of "Digger". (* born in)
BRAND, Charles Henry 'Wendouree', 2nd Avenue, East Adelaide, South Australia 3rd Infantry Brigade, Headquarters



Robert Buie from Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River.
3801 Buie, Robert Maclean, New South Wales 1st Pioneer Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
Gunner Robert Buie. P. 1, 3,519-21; post war 674-5


P.219. Captain Lionel Carter
CARTER, Lionel Lewin Dumbleyung, Western Australia 16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement


P.166. Lieutenant Ben Champion of 1st Battalion, 1st brigade, 1st Division.
2481 CHAMPION, Ben William Jura, Stuart Street, Wahroonga, New South Wales 1st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
As Ben is only mentioned once in the book, a comment from his diary (w.w.w.awm.gov.au/images/collection/bundled/RDCIG000977.pdf.)stating how highly the AIF must be thought of, when they are used to stem the flood in the north as well as in the south, and the service record has no information about his injuries,only that he "Returned to Australia 30 June 1918", it was just as well that I consulted Trove.

Lieut. B. CHAMPION.— Mr. T. S. Champion.
Wahroonga, has been notified that his son,
Lieut. Ben. Champion, has been wounded for
the third time, and has had half his left leg
amputated. He was previously wounded in
Gallipoli and at Passchendaele. He enlisted
in May, 1915, and received his commission on
the field after the battle of Pozieres. (P.6, The Daily Telegraph, 8-6-1918.)

Harry Cobby, mild-mannered bank clerk from Melbourne
COBBY, Arthur Henry Rosedale Avenue, Glenhuntly, Victoria Australian Flying Corps, No 4 Squadron, A Flight
P.2, 3, 47-51, 65-8, 82, 93, 101, 112, 132-6, 166; post war 664-5.
(N.B.10822, COBBY, Cecil Roy, Rosedale avenue, Glenhuntly, Victoria, 3rd Divisional Train, 22nd Company, Army Service Corps, lived in the same street and may have been his brother.)

P.133. Lieutenant John Courtney (pilot.)
Flight Lieut.John Glasson Courtney Glasson(photo)
1006 COURTNEY, John Classon Avondale, Victoria Parade, Manly, New South Wales Australian Flying Corps, No 4 Squadron, B Flight

P.218. Chaplain William Devine
DEVINE, William * St Pauls, Coburg, Victoria Chaplains' Corps


Walter "Jimmy"Downing a Scotch College boy from Melbourne, law student, cricket and Lacrosse player.
4473 DOWNING, Walter Herbert Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, Victoria 7th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
P.2,3,21,39,79-81,158,273,300,303,316,321, 554,562,595,621,623,628-30,639.

Brigadier Harold Pompey Elliott.
Major General Harold Edward "Pompey" Elliott, CB, CMG, DSO, DCM, VD (19 June 1878 – 23 March 1931) was a senior officer in the Australian Army during the First World War. After the war he served as a Senator for Victoria in the Australian parliament.
ELLIOTT, Harold Edward, Dalriada, Darebin Road, Northcote, Victoria, 7th Battalion, Headquarters
Harold was nicknamed Pompey after a Carlton footballer: Fred Elliott.

P.100. March 1918.
(NO SERVICE RECORD FOR LT. GEORGE MALLEY-PERHAPS BRITISH.)

LIEUTENANT CECIL FEEZ. The service record mentions the Australian Flying Corps.
31938 FEEZ, Cecil Molle,Yeronga, Brisbane, Queensland Field Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 24

P.232. Brigadier John Gellibrand.
GELLIBRAND, John 'Greenhill', East Risdon, Tasmania Head Quarters 1st Australian Division


In Brigadier Bill Glasgow's 13th Brigade, Brigadier Sir William Glasgow in index.
SIR WILLIAM GLASGOW
GLASGOW, D.S.O., Thomas William, 'Sanders', Dingo, Central Queensland, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters Two entries; the first one has his date of death and other details not included in this one.
P.34,75-6,367,561,565,576-83,589,592,647,650,; post-war 662.


P.222. Colonel Henry Goddard, English born, to Brisbane at 21,as officer had performed well at Gallipoli, now 49 and in temporary command of 9th Brigade.
GODDARD, Henry Arthur Stock Exchange, Melbourne, Victoria 17th Battalion, Headquarters


P. 341. Major General Harold Grimwade, Commander of the 3rd Division.
I finally came across one involved on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
GRIMWADE Harold William, Death
mother: Jessie, nee STRUNT
father: GRIMWADE Frederick Sheppard*
Place of birth:CAULFIELD
Place of death:MOUNT ELIZA
Age, year, reg. no. (79, 1949, 16685/1949)

GRIMWADE, Harold William 'Waveney', Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria Field Artillery Brigade 4, Head-Quarters

Good to see that PENINSULA ESSENCE acknowledged ILMA HACKETT as the author of this article (which it failed to do regarding another article.) F.S.Grimwade* was Harold's dad.
COOLART


Harold's obituary.


Photo of Harold's "Marathon" at Mt Eliza.

P.99. HARRY HAWKER'S TECHNIQUE. (Harry also appears to have been the first person to perform an intentional spin and recovery, demonstrating in 1914 one method (though generally not the one used today) to return to level flight from this unusual attitude.[6] Because spins had killed several pilots, this was a major advance in aviation safety. (From Wikipedia entry for Harry Hawker.)

P.158. Private John Hardie, a young farrier from Grong Grong, 9th brigade of 3rd division.
3842 HARDIE, John Grong Grong, New South Wales 1st Pioneer Battalion, 10th Reinforcement

P. 190. As to General Joseph Hobbs' 5th Division, ....
HOBBS, Joseph John Talbot The Bungalow, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia Divisional Artillery Headquarters

Colonel Alexander Imlay, commanding officer of the 4th Division's 47th Battalion.
IMLAY, Alexander Peter Inverwrie Marion Place, Prospect, South Australia 16th Battalion, H Company

P.158. Colonel Carl Jess, chief of Staff for General John Monash.
JESS, Carl Herman 'Montalto', Miller Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters


P.90 MARCH, 1918. WILLIAM JOYNT, 8TH BATTALION. (Winner of the Victoria Cross.)
JOYNT, William Donovan St Elmo, 18 Long Street, Elsternwick, Victoria 8th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement


P.234. Private Walter Kennedy. Based on page 571 detail:
3069 KENNEDY, Walter Bede Oakhampton Road, West Maitland, New South Wales 4th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
However, the above is being amended based on the footnote provided for his comment and then the discovery of the following on page 749 of the book under DIARIES, LETTERS, PAPERS AND REPORTS.
Kennedy, Walter Scott, Private Record, Memoir (handwritten and transcribed), 'From Anzac Cove to Villers-Bretonneux: The Story of a Soldier in the Fifteenth Battalion 1st A.I.F. (Dedicated to Alf Stein Killed at Gallipoli, 2 May 1915'), AWM, PR02032, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/PR02032/


It's a pity that the second given name was not provided in the index.
1204 KENNEDY, Walter Scott 87 Jersey Road, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales 15th Battalion, H Company



P.231. Lieutenant Colonel John Lavarack.
LAVARACK, John Dudley


P.37.Colonel "Bull" Leane, 48th Battalion.
Brigadier General Sir Raymond Lionel Leane
LEANE, Raymond Lionel 243 Burt Street, Boulder, Western Australia 11th Battalion, F Company

P. 106. 4th Division under General Ewen McLaglan.
Ewen Sinclair-Maclagan - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewen_Sinclair-Maclagan


PRIVATE JIM MAGEE of 51st Battalion does his sensual woman dance on a table top.
6430 MAGEE, Thomas James, Paddington, New South Wales,17th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
As Jim is only mentioned once (on page 41) and Thomas James Magee is the only Magee with Jim or James as a given name, and was a private, he would be the most likely match.

P. 201. The (10th) brigade's Commanding Officer, General Walter McNicholl,a distinguished Gallipoli veteran known by his admiring men as Fire-eater McNicholl, ...
No service record in the ANZAC PROJECT.
SIR WALTER RAMSAY McNICHOLL

P.56 (Shortly after the New Year of 1918.)One of the more canny Australian officers, COLONEL DAVID McCONAGHY,the distinguished Gallipoli and Fromelles veteran quietly wonders to Bean if there might be a hidden reason why the Germans are putting so little pressure on them.
There were only two men with this name, the other one having "disembarked Melbourne, 24 September 1917; discharged, 29 October 1917 (medically unfit. Rheumatism and overage)."
McCONAGHY, David Box 1140, G.P.O. Sydney, New South Wales, 3rd Battalion, A Company


P.235. The 13th Battalion's commander, Colonel Douglas Marks -the youngest Battalion commander in the whole Australian Corps at just 23 years old,
MARKS, Douglas Gray Sundridge, Lindsay Street, Neutral Bay, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 13th Battalion, G Company


Lieutenant George Deane Mitchell from Caltowie in S.A.
1014 MITCHELL, George Deane Talus Road, Thebarton, South Australia 10th Battalion, H Company
pages 2, 3, 24, 37-9, 183, 195, 200-1, 205, 218-19, 242-3, 248, 254, 275, 281-2, 294-5, 366-7, 434, 442-5.

Sir John Monash.
MONASH,John, 36 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters

P.171. Colonel Morshead, whose 33rd Division was drawn from places such as Armidale, Tamworth and Tenterfield.
There are two service records, the other one giving his date of death.
MORSHEAD, Leslie James * 32 Tress Street, Mt Pleasant, Ballarat, Victoria 33rd Battalion, Headquarters

Leslie Morshead - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Morshead

Lieutenant General Sir Leslie James Morshead, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED (18 September 1889 – 26 September 1959) was an Australian soldier, teacher, businessman, and farmer, whose military career spanned both world wars.

P.231. Colonel Harry Murray-37 years old, born in Tasmania (but latterly a proud Western Australian?)-
HENRY WILLIAM MURRAY
315 MURRAY, Henry William 16th Battalion, D Company

P.183. Private Edwin Need. Diary quoted extensively. Biog. on P.668.
5180 NEED, Edwin Henry 8 Yarra Street, South Yarra, Victoria 8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement


P.99. March 1918.LIEUTENANT WILLIAM HURTLE NICHOLLS.
[url=https://aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=223347]1590 NICHOLLS, William Hurtle, Snowtown, South Australia, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
The service record make no mention of him becoming a pilot.
A.I.F. PROMOTIONS. The latest issue of The Commonwealth Gazette contains the following list of South Australian promotions in the A.I.F.--- Second-Lieut. W. H. Nicholls,Australian Flying Corps, to be lieutenant.August 15;
The following confirms that the service record is that of the pilot.


RED CROSS FILES

William Hurtle Nicholls. Rank: Second Lieutenant. Service number: 1590. Unit: Australian Flying Corps. Location: Prisoner of war camp, Karlsruhe, Germany. Enquirer: Sophia Nicholls. Packet number: 5324. Date range: 1918. SLSA record number: SRG 76/1/5324 . Prisoner of war . Upload a photo. Packet content 21 documents. See all documents . Download File as a PDF


P.238. Lieutenant Morven Nolan, fatally wounded, remained cheerful and gave valuable information before going west.
7293 NOLAN, Morven Kelynack Potts Point, New South Wales 13th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement


P.135 Lieutenant Tab Pflaum (pilot.)
1591 PFLAUM, Elliott Frederick Blumberg, South Australia 9th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement

P.244. The sleepwalking Lieutenant Potts of the 48th Battalion.
PHOTO OF OFFICERS OF THE 48TH BATTALIONincluding:
Lt (later Captain) Robert[sic*] Eldred Potts.
(*Roy Edred Potts. Thank you to Professor Peter Dennis.
You shouldn't believe everything you read in popular war books or indeed what is on the various War Memorial sites.

Your man's name was Roy Edred POTTS MC & Bar. He is on the AIF Project database at https://aif.adfa.edu.au/aif/showPerson?pid=244234. His service file on the National Archives website is at https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8021367.

Peter Dennis, AM
Emeritus Professor of History
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
The University of New South Wales, Canberra



Roy Edred POTTS

Date of birth 24 October 1889
Place of birth Aldgate, South Australia
Occupation School teacher
Age at embarkation 26
Next of kin Father, Rev George Potts, Irvine Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Previous military service Nil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of chest)
Enlistment date 18 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 17 November 1915
Place of enlistment Melbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistment 2nd Lieutenant
Unit name 48th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT Port Melbourne on 30 October 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Captain
Unit from Nominal Roll 48th Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 1 November 1919
Medals

Military Cross
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. By skilful leadership led two platoons through a heavy barrage without casualties, to reinforce a front line company. Later, when all communication with the left flank was broken this officer volunteered to cross the open under intense fire in full view of the enemy, and succeeded in delivering a message.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

'For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He worked his company skilfully round a strong enemy position and cut off the garrison, capturing fifty four prisoners and four machine guns. He then consolidated the position. Later, he led a party against an enemy machine gun post, capturing six prisoners and a machine gun. He showed marked courage and devotion to duty.

Discharge date 19 February 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia, 1 November 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 19 February 1920.
Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death 12 October 1943
Sources NAA: B2455, POTTS Roy Edred

Having doubts about Roy's second given name, I found ample confirmation on trove, and also much information about his post-war teaching career and prominent role in the SOLDIERS' INSTITUTE, the latter with an R.E.POTTS search.

P.167. Brigadier Charles Rosenthal,architect, commander of the 9th.
ROSENTHAL, Charles 68 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales Field Artillery Brigade 3, Head-Quarters

P. 189. Captain Paul Simonson, valued aide-de-camp to Colonel Jess.
2247 SIMONSON, Paul William 52 Auburn Road, Auburn, Victoria 22nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement

P.99. March 1918. Lieutenant Percival Straker (Pilot.)
No service record, the only Percival or Percy was "Killed in Action 5 August 1916".

P.107. General Brudenell White.
Brudenell White - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brudenell_White
WHITE, Cyril Brudenell Bingham Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Victoria Head Quarters 1st Australian Division

P.192. (Apparently 24 March 1918) ..one of the official Australian war photographers, Lieutenant Hubert Wilkins, passes by.
WILKINS, George Hubert Dulwich, South Australia March 1917 Reinforcements


SURNAMES LIST.
As the surnames list is full (some surnames entered having disappeared)this will continue in another journal which will allow more surnames to be listed.

2 comment(s), latest 3 months, 1 week ago

"WOLFDENE" MORNINGTON, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA: PUB &MURDER,RESIDENCE & TRANSIT OF VENUS, SCHOOL, CAMP.

I will leave it up to readers to research the use of Wolfdene by the military during W.W.2 and as a tourist destination, as there is little genealogy involved.
Links will have to be copied and pasted into your search bar to get maps and articles because I am just plain exhausted. This journal arose from a history that I compiled about the Village Glen sites at Rosebud West and between Strachans and Wilsons Rds at Mornington.

In short, Wolfdene began as the Mornington Hotel on crown allotment 46, parish of Moorooduc, between Brewery road (now Nunns Rd)and Adelaide St houseblocks, in the late 1850's. In mid December 1867, the licensee applied to transfer the licence to a house he was leasing in Main St, Mornington and a week later the building and 26.5 acres of land were offered for sale. Professor Wilson, after whom Wilsons Rd was named, may have bought it then and in 1874 he observed the transit of Venus, possibly from Venice Reserve, and died shortly afterwards. The property was leased by Mr Backhouse who ran the Mornington Grammar School on the Wolfdene property, which was sold by the Wilson trustees in 1882. The property was subdivided in 1920 and Naples St was first mentioned in 1929 in a family notice.

THE TRANSIT OF VENUS.
WP Wilson: an Australian casualty of the 1874 transit of ...
https://maas.museum/.../09/wp-wilson-an-australian-casualty-of-the-1874-transit-of-venus
May 9, 2012
By Nick Lomb

Woldene as it looks today. Thanks to the care of past and present owners, its appearance is almost unchanged from the time when Professor William Parkinson Wilson lived in this house at Mornington, Victoria, Australia, in the 1870s. Image and copyright Nick Lomb ©, all rights reserved
Yesterday (8 May 2012) I visited Mornington, a small town about 50 km south of Melbourne that is beautifully situated on the shore of Port Phillip Bay, to talk about the transit of Venus to the Mornington & District Historical Society. Of course, I began with William Parkinson Wilson, professor of mathematics at Melbourne University, who observed the 1874 transit from Mornington.
Wilson was born in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England. The exact date does not appear to be known, but he was baptised on 1 February 1826. After attending a local grammar school, he went on to Cambridge as a sizar (a student who does some work in lieu of fees). There he was most successful, completing the Mathematical Tripos as Senior Wrangler. The Senior Wrangler was the top student in mathematics at the end of the third year undergraduate degree. They were highly celebrated and their names reported in the newspapers. Other Senior Wranglers include some of the best known people in the history of science such as John Herschel, Lord Rayleigh and Arthur Eddington.
In 1854 he was offered the position of professor of mathematics at the newly established University of Melbourne. He arrived at the end of January in the following year and gave the very first lecture at the university on 13 April. As well as mathematics Wilson taught physics including astronomy and set up a course in engineering.
Professor Wilson lived in rooms at the university, but he also maintained a house at Mornington. The house, named Wolfdene, had been built in 1858 and during its long history has had various uses including as a hotel and as a boarding school. In Wilson’s time access to Mornington was not easy, as it was only on horseback or by water, so he would normally only have stayed there out of university term.
On the day of the transit, like at Melbourne, the weather was poor at Mornington as there were ‘Dense clouds, with thunder and lightning.’ Though Wilson ‘had given up all hope’, he still set up the equipment in readiness at his observing site. He pointed the 4½ -inch (11.5-cm) Troughton & Simms telescope to where he expected the Sun to be and waited. Eventually, the clouds cleared sufficiently so that he could make out one edge of the Sun. Five minutes before internal contact he noted that the part of Venus off the Sun was outlined ‘by a narrow luminous arc.’ Three and a half hours later, just before egress or Venus moving off the Sun, the sky cleared though the clarity of view was not as good as previously.
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Nick Lomb at Mornington’s Venice Reserve, a possible site for Professor Wilson’s observations of the 9 December 1874 transit of Venus. Image and copyright Nick Lomb ©, all rights reserved
Strangely, the location of Professor Wilson’s observing site is unclear. It would be logical to assume that he observed from his home, which at that time had extensive associated grounds. However, as has been pointed out to me by Ian Sullivan of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, the coordinates that Wilson gave in the report of his observations, centre on a small and little-known park in Mornington, called Venice Reserve. Prior to modern GPS receivers, determining longitude was notoriously difficult and the difference between the longitudes of Wolfdene and the reserve could well be within the errors. Latitude should have been easier to measure, yet the difference in latitude between Wolfdene and the park seems too great to be explained by measurement errors. So maybe, for unknown reasons, he decided to make his observations from Venice Reserve or its vicinity.
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The gravestone of Professor William Parkinson Wilson in Mornington Cemetery. Image and copyright Nick Lomb ©, all rights reserved
Professor Wilson’s observations of the transit had a tragic ending. He had been in ill health for some time and after the transit complained about the heat and about being fatigued. Two days later his doctor was called by telegram to his Mornington home. Sadly, he died of a cerebral haemorrhage, a type of stroke, two hours before the doctor could reach him. Although what caused the stroke can never be known, it is reasonable to assume that the stress, excitement and exertion associated with the transit observations had contributed to the sad event. Like Chappe d’Auteroche in Mexico in the previous century, we can regard William Parkinson Wilson as a casualty of the transit of Venus.

HOW BIG WAS THE WOLFDENE ESTATE AT MORNINGTON?

Messrs. Byrne, Vale, and Co. report having sold

today, by public auction, at their rooms, Collins

street east, the following properties in the estate of

the late Professor Wilson, viz -Schnapper Point -

Marine family residence known as Wolfdene, together

with 26.5* acres of land, £900, allotment of land imme-

diately opposite the above, and facing Esplanade and

bay, containing 6a 1r 5p** , at £22 per acre, £138 3s.9d , Crown allotment 5 of section 23***. containing 74.5 acres, at £1 17s 6d. per acre. (P.6, Argus, 16-2-1882.)

*This is specified in the next advertisement as being c/a 46.

** See the earlier advertisement below. Opposite means across Nunns Rd. C/A 39 was 688 links (69 mm on Melway) along Nunns Rd from Wilsons Rd with a frontage of another 500 links. It can be stated emphatically that c/a 39 is now occupied by View St house blocks.

*** C/A 5, SECTION 23 indeed consisted of 74 acres 2 roods and was 1555 links (311 metres) south of Bentons Rd, and extending 1475 links (295 metres) farther south between Racecourse Rd and Balcombe Creek. Chateux Close and Jillian Way house blocks are just within the north and south boundaries.

MOOROODUC MAP:

https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-232502739/view

THIS EARLIER ADVERTISEMENT IS WORTH INCLUDING because it confirms my belief that Wolfdene was crown allotment 46 between Alf Downward's Redwood and Nunns Rd., and it specifies the use of each room.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15.

At Two O'Clock.

SCHNAPPER POINT.

BEAUTIFUL MARINE RESIDENCE and GROUNDS

known as " WOLFDENE,"

Formerly occupied by the late Professor Wilson.

Also,

TWO BLOCKS OF LAND,

Containing 6.5 Acres and 74.5 Acres respectively.

To persons on the lookout for a Seaside Residence,

Squatters, Retired Gentlemen, and others.

BYRNE, VALE, and Co. have received instructions

from the trustees in the estate of the late

Professor Wilson to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION,

at their rooms, 64 and 66 Collins street east, on

Wednesday, 16th February, 1882, at two o'clock.

Lot 1.-All that piece of land comprising Crown

Allotment 46, Parish of Moorooduc, county of Mornlngton, containing 26.5 ACRES 2 ROODS,

CLOSE to the Schnapper Point steamboat pier and

the bay,

The land is laid out in lawn and flower garden,

kitchen garden, orchard, and paddocks ; the residence,

with verandah all round, contains dining and drawing

rooms, library, hall, 5? bedrooms, linen room, bath-

room, lumber room, kitchen, 2 pantries, servant's-

room, scullery; also detached kitchen, servant's room,

sitting room, billiard room, coachhouse, stable, harness-

room, and outbuildings.

Lot 2 comprises 6 a. 1 r. 5p.,being Crown Allotment 39, immediately opposite the residence, facing the Esplanade and bay.

Lot 3 contains 74a. 2r. being crown Allotment 5 of section 23.

Professor Wilson may have bought the Mornington Hotel in 1867 BUT HISTORY HAS TO MAKE SENSE!
If Professor Wilson had owned it from 1867 till 1882, how could Henry Howard's wife be running it in 1875 when Henry became a murderer.*
The only explanation would have to be that the licence had been transferred to new premises. AND IT WAS.

TO THE BENCH of MAGISTRATES, Mornington.
-I, HENRY HOWARD, the holder of a pub-
lican's licence for the house and premises known as
the Mornington Hotel, situated at Mornington, do
hereby give notlce that it is my intention to APPLY
to the justices, sitting at the Petty Sessions to be
holden at Mornington on Saturday, December 21, to
REMOVE the LICENCE and SIGN to a house now
rented by me, containing two slttingrooms and two
bedrooms, lately occupied by Mr. Cahill, bootmaker,
and situated in Main-street, Mornington.
Given under my hand, this seventh day of Decem-
ber, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.
HENRY HOWARD. (P.8, Argus, 11-12-1867.)
The hotel was sold for 600 pounds about a week later.
*Henry Howard’s journey – from Mornington to Frankston to ...
peninsulaessence.com.au/henry-howards...to-frankston-to-the-gallows

I HAD A DREAM that Christopher Smith had told me that a Mr Wolfdene had bought the hotel and then my subconscious used the information that sons of Mr Kirk, barman at the Mornington Hotel had drowned to produce a sequel in which a Mr Wolfdene and his sons had perished in similar circumstances. That was why I sprang out of bed to search for a gentleman with this surname, Wolfdene being the only trove search term. My dreams are rubbish but always result in an amazing discovery when my curiosity is aroused. And here it is. I wonder if Mr Backhouse had been an acquaintance of the late Professor Wilson.
M0RNINGT0N GRAMMAR SCHOOL,
Wolfdene, Schnapper Point.
Principal
B. T. P. BACKHOUSE (Cornell University),
Assisted by a competent staff.
Special Advantages.-A spacious residence, com-
manding beautiful land and sea views; extensive play-
grounds (25 acres), unrivalled salubrity of climate,
home comforts, private dormitories.
Pupils are carefully prepared for the University
and public schools.
Reference is kindly permitted to the Hon. Mrs.
Bright*, Beleura, and to other parents of pupils.
Terms moderate.
Prospectus on application to principal, or Messrs.
Mullen and Robertson.
DUTIES RESUMED JULY 28.
(P.28, The Australasian, 19-7-1879.)
*Mrs Charles Bright was the daughter of Sir John Manners- Sutton, the Governor of Victoria, after whom Sidney Smith Crispo named his private village (in today's Blairgowrie) just west of Canterbury Jetty Rd, MANNERS-SUTTON, later renaming it Canterbury when Sir John became Viscount Canterbury. Sir John often visited his daughter and that is why Beleura blurbs and guides refer to Beleura having been a Vice Regal residence.

1920 SUBDIVISION OF WOLFDENE.
The subdivision of the property was probably the result of this expected death.
ZICHY-WOINARSKI.-On the 5th April, at Wood's Point, Slanislaus K. A. Zichy-Woinarski, formerly
of Ballarat, loved husband of Mrs. F. D.Zichy-Woinarski, "Wolfdene," Mornington.
(P., Argus, 7-4-1920.)

THIS SATURDAY (MARCH l8).
On the Property. At Half-past Two O'Clock.
In a Seated Marquee.
MORNINGTON, Close Fishermen's
MOHNINGTON Beach,
WOLFDENE ESTATE. WOLFDENE ESTATE
69 CHOICE ALLOTMENTS. 69,
69 CHOICE ALLOTMENTS 69.
WILSON'S ROAD, BREWERY ROAD, NAPLES,VENICE*, and NEPTUNE STREETS.
Also.
SUPERIOR W.B. VILLA, "WOLFDENE,"
About 10 Rooms, Bathroom, Return Verandah, W.B.Garage, Stables, Workshop, Laundry, Man's Room, &c.; Asphalt Tennis-court, in Perfect Order. Well Supplied with Water. Numerous Tanks and Underground Well, LAND, About 2.5 Acres .
Also,
WILSON'S ROAD (on Lot 7),-. "NANYLTA,"
Newly Erected W'.B. Cottage, All Lined with 3-ply Wood, Containing 5 Rooms, Verandah, Gas
Laid On, Gas-stove. LAND about 07 x 200. A Really Nice Seaside Cottage, in Thorough Order.
At the SAME TIME Will be SOLD for REMOVAL, A QUAINT JAPANESE TEAHOUSE,Imported from Japan, and Erected in Sections, with Shingle Roof; Cane Tables and Chairs.
Most Suitable for the Grounds of a Seaside Home, and is Quite Unique,
Also will be Offered at the Same Time (as it doesn't state "on the same account" or where on Pt Nepean Rd the almost 20 acres were, I have not bothered correcting the text.)
(P.2, Argus, 10-3-1920.)

*The Zichy-Woinarski family which had owned the Wolfdene property since 1901** was proud of its aristocratic Polish/Hungarian ancestry which had led to a relative's farm between Elizabeth Avenue and Truemans Rd, Rosebud West being given the noble name of Woyna, but even though they may have heard Alfred Downward, (of "Redwood" between Wolfdene and Pt Nepean Rd) speak about Venus, they might have thought he meant Venice and adopted a Mediterranean theme for their street names.
**Mr Stookes, of Mornington, has disposed of his handsome property "Wolfdene" to Dr Wionarski of Ballarat, at a very satisfactory price. It is Mr Stookes intention to remove to Melbourne.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 10-10-1901.)

JOHN BROCK, PIONEER OF BOLINDA VALE, MT. MACEDON AND JANEFIELD, UPPER PLENTY, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

Postscript, 7-3-2020.
NEIL BROCK, A DESCENDANT OF THE EARLY PIONEER AND ELDER BROTHER OF PETER GEOFFREY BROCK, THE KING OF BATHURST, IS WORKING ON A FAMILY HISTORY AND HAS SUPPLIED ME WITH GENEALOGICAL FILES, STARTING WITH THE BROCK ANCESTRY FROM THE 1600'S, COMMISSIONED BY A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY TREE AND COMPILED BY A GENEALOGIST IN EDINBURG IN 1913. USING THIS NEIL HAD DETAILED GENEALOGICAL DETAILS ABOUT THE EARLY VICTORIAN SETTLER'S DESCENDANTS TO THE FIFTH GENERATION. NEIL WAS ASKED TO CHECK WHAT I HAD WRITTEN IN THE JOURNAL TO THAT STAGE AND HAS GRACIOUSLY DONE SO.
His comments are added to my journal in bold italics.

John Brock was one of Victoria's earliest pioneers but seems to have been only mentioned in passing on the PASTORAL PIONEERS OF PORT PHILLIP website. The VICTORIAN PLACES pages for JANEFIELD and BUNDOORA seem to have genealogical errors concerning the origin of the naming of Janefield. Both say it was named after the wife of James Brock in 1847 (Janefield page)and 1851 (re Janefield on the Bundoora page.) The only Victorian BDM marriage record for James Brock between 1835 and 1851 states that James married Charlotte French in 1845. Jane Brock, supposedly the wife of John's son James, (according to the BUNDOORA page) who died in 1851 was the wife of William Thomas Brock and died at Beveridge.
James Millar Brock was John Brock’s youngest son. He married
Jane Hill – details in info I sent you. Jane Hill’s aunt (Catherine) married
John Brock following the death of his wife Jean (Jane).


BROCK James, Marriage, FRENCH, Charlotte, 1845, 1870/1845 (also 34150/1845.)
# (nothing to do with us)

BROCK Jane, Death, parents' names:Unknown, place of death:MERCERS VALE (i.e. Beveridge)
spouse at death:BROCK, William Thomas
# It is just “Thomas” Brock, (John
Brock’s younger brother) first married Jane Mathews - details in info Isent you

age, year, 2nd reg. no. (28, 1851, 33651/1851)


Janefield was so named in 1848!
It is assumed that John Brock had been forced off his run near Mt Macedon in 1850 by W.J.T.Clarke's special survey but he may have moved to Janefield by 1848. John moved close by still in the Romsey
vicinity -never to Janefield. He did have property there as well as a Flour mill (Coulstock’s) on the Plenty River.

If not, Janefield was thus not named after his late wife, Jane. # I have no evidence that Janefield was named after any Jane Brock.John Brock’s wife Jean Simpson was also known as Jane. Her death Cert. says Jane. Her tombstone says Jean and her wedding Cert says Jean. One granddaughter was Jean Simpson Brock whereas a second granddaughter was named Jane Simpson Brock. Clearly she was referred to as both. I
have Jean as preeminent and Jane as “aka”.


Jane's death notice* in 1847 states that her given names were Jane Simpson and that she died at Bolanda Vale.# Pastoral Pioneers of Port Phillip, Billis and Kenyon refers to Bullanda Vale and Bolinda Vale as one and the same.I have wondered whether their home was referred to as “Bolanda Vale” whereas the pastoral run was “Bullanda Vale”. But to confuse things further the family bible(hand written) states that the Brock-Clarke marriage took place at Bullanda Vale, Victoria
Her death was registered twice, take 2 changing the place of death from this to Bolinda Vale.

On the 16th ... at Bolanda Vale, Jane Simpson, wife of John Brock, Esq.

BROCK Jane, Death, names of parents:Unknown
place of death:BOLINDA VALE MOUNT MACEDON
spouse at death: BROCK, Unknown
age , year, 2nd reg.no. (51, 1847, 33584/1847)

It is ironic that one of John and Jane Brock's sons married a daughter of Lewis Clarke, brother of William John Turner "Big" Clarke whose special survey swallowed Bolinda Vale.

Obituary - Lewis Clarke - Obituaries Australia
oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/clarke-lewis-15073
Clarke, Lewis (?–1858)

On the 22nd inst., at his residence, Roseneath House, Essendon, Lewis Clarke, Esq., brother of the Honorable W. J. T. Clarke, an old colonist, much respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, leaving a widow and family to mourn the loss of a kind husband and affectionate father.
Original publication
Argus (Melbourne), 23 December 1858, p 4 (view original)

MARRIED.
By special license, at the residence of the bride's father, on the 28th inst, by the Rev. Irving Hetherington, Alex. Brock, third son of John Brock, Esq., of Melbourne, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Lewis Clarke, Esq., of Bolinda-vale. (P.8, Argus, 1-7-1853.)

John and Jane's eldest son,Henry, was married in 1847, shortly before Jane's death.
Family Notices
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Vic. : 1845 - 1848) Saturday 1 May 1847 p 2 Family Notices
... son of John Brock, Esq., of Ballanda Vale, Mount Macedon, to Margaret, second daughter of Patrick Reid . # .Ballanda Vale -yet another spelling!



I AM EXPECTING TO SOON RECEIVE BROCK GENEALOGY BACK TO SCOTLAND IN THE 1600'S.
LOOK OUT FOR MORE!

with fair confidence, I've just added GAMBLE to the surnames list.

AITKEN COLLEGE
Aitken College opened in Term 1 of 1999, and has remained steadfast in maintaining its historic and agricultural links.

The College name (Aitken) has links to John* Aitken, who immigrated to Van Diemans Land from Scotland in about 1825. He sailed across the Tasman to the Port Phillip district in 1836, bringing his sheep across to graze on pasture land in the outer limits of the area north of Melbourne. Up until the purchase of the College property from the Gambles in late 1998, the property was still a working farm.

*The history of the school, of which the above is the start, was copied from the internet before it was removed, possibly because I had contacted the school to cast doubt on the school having been named after JOHN Aitken. My journalabout the school contains more of the history, evidence that the names of the school,the hill on the historic Dunhelen property and the reserve and creek near Craigieburn, actually honour David Scott Aitken, and genealogical information about Desmond Gamble.

The farm purchased in 1998 was named BROCKLANDS by Desmond Gamble. It was the northern half of a farm called Springfield between Mickleham Rd and today's Greenvale reservoir (roughly Melway 178 K 3,4 and 179 A 3,4.) The southern half of Springfield became Wal French's dairy farm, hence the name of French Rd.

I had taught Timothy Gamble at Gladstone Primary School and his mother Merna, who was aware of my research into the area's history, told me that it was named after John Brock of Janefield. Then she put me in contact with a relative who was researching the Gamble history and supplied the following information.

Springfield became Springfield North and Wally French's dairy farm ON THE SOUTH HALF. Desmond Gamble's wife was a descendant of early squatter, John Brock who, like the Jacksons, Headlam, George Evans and many others,was dispossessed by Big Clarke's special survey circa 1850 and became a pioneer of the area near Latrobe University. When he bought Springvale North, he renamed it BROCKLANDS. In 1933, Edward and Jean Gamble were pupils of Greenvale State School 890 at the Section Rd corner.Did not know about “Brocklands”

Desmond Gamble, the second youngest in his family, was raised at Barfold near Kyneton and went to Dookie College where his brother, Willie from Berwick was principal and then managed a farm in Plenty Rd, South Morang. In 1915 at the age of 28, he married May Isobel Brock. Desmond died at the age of 57 and was buried at the Fawkner Cemetery. His sons, Bill and Ted carried on the milking of 100 cows to supply Cheffers and Collings' dairy at the corner of Scott and Buckley St, Essendon. They also supplied Butterworth's dairy at the corner of Winifred and Glass St in Essendon. Jean Gamble married Jack Simmie of Harpsdale after they'd shouted love* at each other during many sets at the Greenvale Tennis Club (*the score meaning the egg shaped 0 of course!) Nine years later Ted Gamble married Joy Simmie. Helen Gamble who supplied much of this biography in about 1990 married Ken Souter* at the outbreak of W.W.2 ON 2-9-1939. Ken was Principal of Parklands Primary School in Airport West when he retired. The Souters were farming John McKerchar's "Greenvale" which Robert Millar renamed as "The Elms" circa 1990.

All information about locations of farms and the Gambles comes from the G volume of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.

DESMOND'S MARRIAGE REPORT. (EXTRACTS.)
Family Notices
Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 - 1917) Friday 3 September 1915 p 3
WEDDING.
MR. DESMOND GAMBLE TO MISS
MAY ISABEL BROCK.
" Two souls with but one thought,
Two hearts that beat as one."
A quiet but very pretty wedding was celebrated on Wednesday, August 11th,at "Green Hills," Bundoora, the commodious and well-appointed residence of Mr and Mrs William Clarke Brock,the bride being Miss May Isabel
Brock, Mr and Mrs Brock's only daughter, and the bridegroom, Mr Desmond Gamble, of" Myee," Epping,son of Mrs Edward Gamble, and the late Mr Edward Gamble, of Barfold,near Kyneton. The wedding was semi private, only the more intimate relatives being present. The Rev.Douglas Bruce, Presbyterian Minister,of Whittlesea, to whose congregation at Janefield both young people belonged, was the officiating clergyman.

One speaker, playing on the bridegroom's surname, remarked that,although marriage was regarded by most people as a gamble, with love as the thrower of the dice, in this case the happiness of both was a dead certainty. (This does not contribute to my confidence that the Gambles belong in the early squatter's family tree but I couldn't resist its inclusion because that's the type of corny joke I specialise in!)

Gifts.
Mr. and Mrs Lewis Brock-cheque.
Mr Alec Brock#(younger brother of William Clarke Brock)-silver candlesticks.
(A fair indication of the bride being a descendant of Alexander Brock and Elizabeth nee Clarke, daughter of Lewis Clarke, who married in 1853, as is the name of the bride's father, William Clarke Brock.)

WAS THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE THE SON OF ALEXANDER BROCK AND ELIZABETH, NEE CLARKE? Yes!

BROCK William Joseph Clark*, Birth
mother: Elizabeth, nee CLARKE
father: Alexander
place of birth:PRESTON
year, reg. no.(1866, 17162/1866)
(* Should be Clarke.#)

And this would be his elder brother who gave the happy couple a cheque.

BROCK, Lewis Clarke, Birth
mother: Elizabeth, nee CLARKE
father: Alexander
place of birth:DAREBIN CK
year, reg.no. (1858, 10322/1858)

MAY ISABEL BROCK who married Desmond Gamble was therefore:
the daughter of William Clarke Brock and Elizabeth Fowler, nee Warner* who married in 1886;
the grand daughter of Alexander Brock and Elizabeth, nee Clarke;
the great grand daughter of John and Jane Simpson (nee?) Brock.

*MARRIAGE OF MAY ISABEL'S PARENTS.

BROCK William Joseph Clark, Marriage, WARNER, Elizabeth Fowler, 1886, 5051/1886

THERE WERE APPARENTLY MANY PIONEERS NAMED JOHN BROCK AND I AM NOT PREPARED TO GAMBLE THAT I HAVE IDENTIFIED THE RIGHT ONE. It would be best to wait for the email from John Brock, a fellow member of the HISTORY OF FLINDERS-CRIB POINT Facebook group, who is sending the Brock genealogy compiled by his cousin.

One died # This John is ours in 1856 at 14 Stephen St,# (Stephen Street is
now Exhibition St)
Melbourne after having married Catherine Murray (nee
Hill)
in 1849 (2239/1849), two years after the death of Jane Simpson Brock at Bolinda Vale.His widow later remarried. # Joseph Donaldson

Unless the squatter had a son named John (of Janefield) who stood for the seat of North Bourke in 1856 (highly unlikely as his eldest son, Henry, did not marry until 1847), I am prepared to gamble that the former squatter did not die in 1856.# John Brock (1796-1856) died 6 th Nov 1856 (have D Cert)
Just as well nobody asked me to put my money where my mouth was, because I was wrong. See SORTING OUT THE JOHN BROCKS, No.1, The Squatter, below.

John Pascoe Fawkner was a crusader, especially against the squattocracy. It has been often stated that he had a run himself in the Pascoe Vale-Coburg area but this seems to be as wrong as claims that the Camerons had a run in the Glenroy area. Fawkner obtained many grants in the area but no proof of a run has been found. However Richard Broome, a great and trustworthy historian, revealed in his BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, a history of the City of Coburg, that the slightly hypocritical J.F.P. (who started land cooperatives so his beloved yoeman farmers could buy small farms) had actually been a squatter. Richard stated that little Johnnie's run was near the present town of Monegeetta whose name was a corruption of the run's name.

There were often quarrels between squatters because of vague boundaries between runs and such disputes would be settled by land commissioners, one of whom was Major St John, the grantee of section 23 Doutta Galla (today's Strathmore Heights to Strathmore North)directly south across the Moonee Ponds Creek from J.F.P.'s Belle Vue Park. St John was amenable to bribes and Fawkner slammed his corruption. Having been found guilty of libel, Fawkner was fined a few shilling and St John left the colony in disgrace.

Richard Broome gave me the impression that the depression of 1843, which almost ruined Fawkner, signalled the end of his occupancy of his run which must have adjoined John Brock's Bolinda Vale.

N.B. The name of the WESTERNPORT squatting district is very confusing. It included runs as far north as Mt Alexander near Castlemaine and all properties in between.

CROWN LANDS BEYOND THE SETTLED DISTRICTS

See WESTERNPORT, Nos.19, 47, 48, 192.
Fawkner was still on MOONEEJETTA and John Brock was still on BULLANDA VALE. Caveats may have been lodged because of boundary disputes, because the applicant was not occupying the run or because the person lodging the caveat considered that he had a right to claim the run. Steele*, after whom Steele Creek (running from Annandale Rd, Tullamarine to the Maribyrnong at Melway 27J4) was named, was along with Big Clarke, a major grantee of land near John Brock and Fawkner's runs, where he'd established a run by 1840.

*From my review Of Christine Laskowski's STEELE CREEK AND THE LADY OF THE LAKE.
M.Steel was living at Steel Creek (near Tullamarine) in 1841. In 1840, Richard Cooke had a depasturing licence for Mr Steele's Horse Station, b]Westernport on the Deep Creek in the parish of Darraweit Guim.

DARRAWEIT GUIM PARISH. To inspect the map, google DARRAWEIT GUIM, COUNTY OF BOURKE.
Michael Steel was the grantee of sections 26-29, a total of 1877 acres on the west side of Saltwater River (Deep Creek)and at the north west corner of the parish. W.J.T.(Big) Clarke was the grantee of about three quarters of the parish.

THE SCOTCH CHURCH AT JANEFIELD, IN WHICH DESMOND GAMBLE AND ISABEL MAY BROCK WERE MARRIED IN 1915, PROBABLY SAT ON TWO ACRES DONATED BY JOHN BROCK SIXTY YEARS EARLIER.
JANEFIELD.—On Friday last a meeting was held, in the Scotch School, for the purpose of electing trustees to manage the property of a church and school intended to be erected at Janefield. Subscription lists were opened for the immediate erection of a new schoolhouse, and £126 was at once subscribed by five of the
gentlemen present. John Brock, Esq., proprietor of the estate, has liberally and gratuitously granted two acres of ground for the above purposes.(P.5, Argus, 3-5-1855.)

SORTING OUT THE JOHN BROCKS.
1.THE SQUATTER.
No 25 April 1980 - State Library of Victoria
www3.slv.vic.gov.au/latrobejournal/issue/latrobe-25/t1-g-t4.html

John Brock arrived in Victoria in 1835 and settled near what is now Romsey (Bolinda)* Diggers’ Rest. In 1837 he took the Bullanda Vale Run, and by his death in 1856 had added several other properties to his holdings. These papers relate mainly to his estate and to the family and business affairs of his son Alexander, in particular his many properties around ...
* N.B. It is likely that John had copied my journal when I was having difficulties with accessing trove and adding information to the journal and had not seen Isaac Batey's 1892 article (which I eventually managed to post as a comment.)Redstone Hill, John's first squat (see end of journal re the attached image)is nearest Sunbury but could be fairly vaguely described as being near Diggers Rest, or even Keilor as Neil has done in his file about the 180th Anniversary of John Brock's arrival in Australia.

This is the only death record for a JOHN BROCK in 1856.

BROCK John, Death
mother:
father:, Henry
place of birth: LIN # Linlithgow, Scotland
spouse at death:MURRAY, Catherine
age, year, reg.no. (60, 1856, 4714/1856)

John's first wife # Jean Jane Simpson Brock died in 1847 at Bolinda Vale aged 51, indicating that she had been born in about 1896. John's details reveal the same making it likely that the death notice is that of the former squatter. John stood for parliament in 1856 but suddenly disappeared in a puff of smoke. # He died in 1856!
I doubted that somebody with the energy to stand for election could be the man who died in the same year but it looks as if I was wrong. The Janefield news made no mention of his death. Was there a family estrangement when he married Catherine Murray in 1949, two years after Jane's death.# No Evidence of estrangement _ Catherine was well known to the family as she was an aunt of James Millar Brock’s wife Jane Hill. No Knowledge of John standing for Parliament!


BROCK John, Marriage, MURRAY, Catherine, 1849, 2239/1849

Catherine remarried about a decade after John's death. My internet's on the blink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
POSTSCRIPT.
DONALDSON--BROCK.—On the 17th inst., at All Saints' Church, East St. Kilda, by the Very Rev. the Dean of Melbourne, assisted by the Rev. J. Watson, the Rev. J. M. Donaldson, incumbent of Mortlake, to Catherine, relict of John Brock, Esq., late of Bullandavale Station, Mount Macedon. No cards. (P.4, Argus, 20-11-1866.


As Trove is still unavailable I tried a JOHN BROCK, SQUATTER Google search.
the squatter era in victoria 1835-1847
Despite a careless* start, the information supplied seems to be reliable.
(* introduction

in March 1826, three squatters, David Fisher, James Strachan and George Russell arrived on the Caledonia and settled in the Geelong area - it was named Geelong in 1827 and surveyed in 1838 by which time it had a population of 545.)

1836.
John Brock (-1856), his wife and 3 sons left Van Dieman's Land and settled on grazing land west of Romsey - the small soda trachyte volcanic hill (1 of 3 such geologic forms including Camel's Hump and Hanging Rock), was named after him as Brock's Monument - now still on private land.
1844.
Patrick and Agnes Reid settle in Doreen. (This is significant in regard to the marriage of Frederick not Frederick it was Henry (eldest son of John) Brock to Margaret Reid in 1847.(See in No.3.) Perhaps John Brock was involved at Mill Park (early name for Janefield)from 1842 as claimed in one source already included in the journal.)# He was involved but never lived there

BROCK'S MONUMENT.
Several maps pinpoint the location of Brock's Monument.

PAGE 22.
Map 3 shows the significant landscapes in the declared area. The Macedon Ranges and Hanging Rock are the defining landscape features of the Shire and are exemplary and significant in a state context. At just over 1000 metres in elevation, Mt Macedon (and Camels Hump immediately to its north-east) are visible from far away, and they are among the highest points in Victoria west of Melbourne.The unique geological formation of Hanging Rock is of particular significance — scientific, aesthetic, cultural, social and spiritual. It is a rare and dramatic example of a volcanic mamelon, which formed six million years ago when high-viscosity lava squeezed through a narrow vent in the Earth’s crust. Camels Hump and Brock Monument formed in the same way. Weathering and erosion have contributed to the shape of these striking and unusual rock formations. Brock Monument — between Hesket and Romsey — is also of geological and landscape significance, as is the Jim Jim, a volcanic eruption point north of Hanging Rock.


2.JOHN ALEXANDER BROCK, ELDEST SON OF THE LATE ALEXANDER BROCK AND ELIZABETH BROCK

PARENTS' MARRIAGE

BROCK John Alexander, Birth
mother: Elizabeth, nee CLARKE
father: Alexander
Place of birth: RING (A farm called) "Ringwood" (between) Essendon (and Raleigh's Punt at today's Maribyrnong.) THE WORDS IN BRACKETS AND QUOTATION MARKS ARE MINE!
year, reg. no. (1854, 2057/1854)



3. MR. JOHN BROCK. #This John Brock is the eldest son of Henry Brock,and John Brock’s grandson – a very prominent resident in Benalla.
The announcement is made in the Melbourne papers of the death of Mr. John Brock, formerly a well-known resident of Benalla. The death took place in the Melbourne Hospital, and the news will be read with regret by his numerous friends in this district.# He was first Captain of the Benalla Fire Brigade and occupied that position for some years. For many years deceased was connected with the Colonial Bank at Benalla, and was appointed manager of the branch about the year 1873. During his residence here Mr.Brock was a live citizen, and took a leading part in many movements for the benefit of the town and district. About 1884 Mr. Brook left Benalla, and entered into business with his brother as an auctioneer.

When the electorate of Moira was cut up into four districts Mr. Brock stood for Benalla and Yarrawonga, and was elected by an absolute majority over his four other opponents, two of whom lost their deposits. With the bursting of the land boom Mr. Brock had to resign his seat, and since then he has lived in Western
Australia and other states. (P.3, Benalla Standard, 15-11-1912.)
JOHN BROCK M.L.A.

PARENTS' MARRIAGE.
John and Jane Brock's eldest son,Henry, was married in 1847, shortly before Jane's death.
Family Notices
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Vic. : 1845 - 1848) Saturday 1 May 1847 p 2 Family Notices
... son of John Brock, Esq., of Ballanda Vale, Mount Macedon, to Margaret, second daughter of Patrick Reid .

JOHN'S MARRIAGE.
MARRIED.
Brock— M'eachern.- On the 19th. inst., at the residence of the bride's father,- by the Rev. Boyd
M' Cay, John (manager of the Colonial Bank, Benalla), eldest son of the late Henry Brock, Janefield, to Christina, youngest daughter of Malcolm Stuart M'Eachern, Castlemaine.
(P.2, Mount Alexander Mail-Castlemaine-, 23-5-1876.) Christina died at Benalla in 1877.

Two brothers of John Brock 1, Thomas and Henry, came to Australia according to the Brock Pedigree. It was discovered that the former married the daughter of William Dods of Brunswick, spent much of his life at Brunswick and died at Heidelberg. He was not the one who had died at Castlemaine after running a business there for many decades. However as John Brock 3 had found his bride in Castlemaine, the Brocks of Janefield and Castlemaine were probably closely connected.

BROCK Jno, Death
mother: Margt REID
father: Brock Hy
place of DEATH:Rmond
age, year , reg.no. (62, 1912, 15983/1912)

"BROCK" "JANEFIELD" SEARCH ON TROVE.
I had tried this search before my aforementioned computer problems started but had limited the search to Victorian newspapers. Having seen mention of John and Jane coming to the Port Phillip District from Van Diemen's Land, I thought I'd try Tasmanian papers.

BROCK - On the 3rd November, at his residence Rathdowne
street Carlton, Melbourne, Henry Brock Esq., late of
Janefield, River Plenty, Victoria aged fifty three years.
(P.1, The Mercury, Hobart, 14-11-1871.)

THURSDAY, January 28.
At 12 o'clock.
To Capitalists, Stock Owners, Farmers, Graziers,
Speculators, Trustees, and Others.
IMPORTANT SALE OF VALUABLE
FREEHOLD PROPERTIES,
Known as the
JANEFIELD ESTATE,
Parish of Keilbundora, Nillumbik, Fronting the
River Plenty and Yan Yean Road, about 10
miles from the City. By order of the Trustées
of the late HENRY BROCK, Esq.
CONSISTING OF 1,073 ACRES
Of the Best Agricultural and Pastoral Land
within 20 miles of the City.
C. J. & T. HAM '
Have been favoured with instructions from
Messrs. Patrick and William Reed (Reid? I think so), trustees
under the will of the late Henry Brock, Esq.,
to sell by public auction, at their rooms, 45
Swanston-street, on THURSDAY, 28th Jan-
uary,* at 12 o'clock,
THE VALUABLE FARMS
known as
JANEFIELD,
On the Yan Yean road, close to the Janefield
toll, and extending from the main road to both
sides of the River Plenty, with the residence
and farm-houses as now in the occupation of
several first class tenants.
The whole of the estate, comprising 1,073
acres, securely fenced in and subdivided into
farms and paddocks, will be sold in
ONE LOT,
1st.-520 acres first-class agricultural land,
together with the large, substantial, and com-
fortable
BLUESTONE FAMILY RESIDENCE,
With extensive outbuildings, formerly occupied
by the late Mr. Brock, and now in the occupa-
tion of Mr. Wyatt. About 120 acres of the
farm is under cultivation, the remainder being
used as grazing paddocks.
2nd.-237 acres very superior agricultural
land, with bluestone cottage residence, now and
for many years past in the occupation of Mr.
Slassar. About 115 acres are under cultivation..
3rd.-108 acres splendid land, occupied by
Mr. Jones and Mr. Peacock, about 40 acres of
which are under cultivation.
4th.-214 acres east of the River Plenty,
with cottage, occupied by Mr. Hooper, about
30 acres being under cultivation.
The whole of the above tenancies expire 1st
March, 1876.
The above valuable properties form an estate
of exceptional value, having the advantage of
being in one block, and a great portion of the
land is the best in the colony. One of the best
kept roads out of the city extends along the
whole of the western boundary, and the River
Plenty meanders through the estate.
The land under cultivation is unsurpassed in
quality and capability of sustaining large and
continuous crops. The back land is well
grassed, and sufficiently timbered to afford good
shelter for cattle.
The whole of the property was acquired by
the late Mr. Brock during the past 35 years.
Such blocks of land near the city could only be
obtained in the early days of the colony.
The auctioneers would call the especial atten-
tion of capitalists, stockowners, and others to
the sale of this estate, affording as it does an
opportunity of securing an improving property,
possessing the advantages of good soil, per-
manent water, splondid road, and contiguity to
the metropolis.
Title Certificate.
Terms-One-fifth cash ; balance 0,12,24, and
30 months, bearing interest at 6 per cent.
(P.4, The Mercury, Hobart, 6-1-1875)

NOW BACK TO VICTORIAN PAPERS.
I WONDER IF THE BRAND WAS ACTUALLY "JB".
CAUTION -This is to give notice to the
public and Charles C. S Anning that
no person has any right to claim or dispose of
Cattle branded IB* near rump without our
authority, such brand being the sole property
of the undersigned, registered since 1836.
H. and J. M. BROCK, Gisborne.
ALEX. BROCK, Janefield.
(P.7, Argus, 18-8-1856.)
*IT IS PROBABLE THAT THIS IS A TYPO AND SHOULD BE JB FOR JOHN BROCK.

There are two conficting claims about the year of John's arrival in Victoria which I included earlier in the journal: 1835 and 1837. The registration of the brand in 1836 would make it almost certain that 1837 is wrong.
John Brock came to Port Phillip in 1835 to recce the area for grazing purposes. He and his family appear on the first Port Phillip census in (1836) I HAVE A SCAN.Obviously finding it suitable he returned the next year in 1836 with his family, stock and squatting plant and from that time remained in Port Phillip.

AS WELL AS THE FILE IN WHICH NEIL COPIED MY JOURNAL AND ADDED THE ABOVE COMMENTS, HE SENT ME ANOTHER FILE ABOUT THE 180 ANNIVERARY OF JOHN AND JANE'S ARRIVAL IN VICTORIA.
It contains a description of the location of John's run, as described in the 1836 census,which Isaac Batey, writing as RAMROD IN 1892, stated emphatically was "REDSTONE HILL". Redstone Rd, Sunbury is 41.1 km from Melbourne BY ROAD, far greater than 13 miles as stated in the census, but of course there were no roads so John would have taken the shortest possible route heading towards Mt Macedon following a stream if possible when walking his flock to the land where he had decided to squat.

John could have taken two routes to reach Redstone Hill requiring not much more than a 13 mile journey.

Firstly up a rough track created by such as John Aitken and George Evans, up Flemington Hill,continuing towards Mt Macedon, left into the road (Buckley St) to Solomon's Ford at Melway 27 C9 (not Clancy's later ford at 27 B8) and then following the ruts of Aitken's dray along the west side of the Saltwater River to a ford just south of Redstone Hill which Hume and Hovell were thought to have used en route from (the cairn at Melway 177 J8) to (the cairn at the future) St Albans.
DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE?


Secondly a fairly direct route Epsom Rd,Buckley St veering a bit north to cross Steele Ck at 27J2 and then North Pole (Milleara) Rd?) along the west side of the Saltwater River through the parish of Doutta Galla to Melway 15B2 and into the parish of Tullamarine, staying west of Steele Creek and Arundel Creek to the Junction of Deep and Jacksons Creeks at 4 B4 and then heading north east through the land which James Robb bought from John Pascoe Fawkner fifteen years later, reaching the ford in the middle of 4 B3 that later linked Mansfield Rd (now closed for airport expansion)to Loemans Rd on Tullamarine Island. Probably following roughly the course of Loemans Rd northward to 176G4, it would then be westward ho along the northern escarpment of Jacksons Creek for about a mile and a half to a perfect look out (at 382 K12)to survey the available land east of the Jackson Brothers' Koorakooracup run on which the town of Sunbury was established. (It was Jackson and his brother, Samuel, who named the township Sunbury, after Sunbury-on-Thames, in Middlesex, England when it was established in 1857. From Wikipedia.)
DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE? 16 miles to the Holden Flora and Fauna Reserve just across Jackson Creek from Redstone Hill.

See the description of the location of John Brock's 1836 run under the dotted line re the attached image.
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ATTACHED IMAGE SHOWS THE VIEW OF MELBOURNE FROM JOHN BROCK'S FIRST RUN, REDSTONE HILL AT MELWAY 382K12.
John Brock and his family did not remain in Melbourne but made their way along Saltwater River (Maribrynong
River). At the time of the census (November 1836) it states they were located at the "first junction"(Jackson's Creek),around "13 miles" from Melbourne, which would have been in the vicinity of Keilor.


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